Press Release

NASA to Hold Media Teleconference Today on Study to Add Crew to First Orion, Space Launch System Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
February 24, 2017
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NASA will discuss plans for an ongoing study to assess the feasibility of adding a crew to Exploration Mission-1, the first integrated flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, during a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST today, Friday, Feb. 24. The call will stream live on NASA’s website.

The teleconference participants are:

William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA’s Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate in Washington
William Hill, deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development in Washington
To participate in the teleconference, media should email their name and affiliation to Cheryl Warner at or call 202-358-1100 by noon.

Last week, NASA’s acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot asked Gerstenmaier to initiate the study, and the assessment began on Feb. 17. It is expected to be completed in early spring.

Listen to the media call live online at:

Read more about the Space Launch System at:

Learn more about Orion at:

SpaceRef staff editor.