NASA Invites Media To View Ongoing Orion And Testing Work At Kennedy Jan. 30

 NASA Invites Media To View Ongoing Orion And Testing Work At Kennedy Jan. 30

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 25, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are
invited to a photo and interview opportunity at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, Jan.
30, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Journalists will visit
Kennedy's Swamp Works research laboratories and the facility where NASA's
Orion spacecraft is being prepared for its first launch.


Kennedy Director Bob Cabana will provide a status update on the center's
transformation to a multiuse government and commercial space launch and
recovery complex. Media must be at Kennedy's press site by 9:30 a.m. for
transportation to the sites.

Journalists will be able to see and photograph the research and technology
work going on in the laboratories and the progress being made on the Orion
crew module at Kennedy's Operations and Checkout Building. NASA officials will
be available for interviews at both locations.

News media without Kennedy accreditation need to apply for credentials by noon
on Jan. 29. International media accreditation for this event is closed. Media
accreditation for the scheduled Jan. 30 Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K
launch will be honored for the event. Media must apply for credentials online

Badges for the Swamp Works and Operations and Checkout Building event may be
picked up at the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405.

Kennedy's Swamp Works establishes rapid, innovative and cost-effective
exploration mission solutions through leveraging of partnerships across NASA,
industry and academia. Concepts start small and build up fast, with lean
development processes and a hands-on approach. Testing is performed in early
stages to drive design improvements. Capabilities include the Granular
Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory, Electrostatics and Surface
Physics Laboratory, Regolith Activities Testbed and the Robotics Integration,
Checkout and Assembly Area.

In a revamped area of the Operations and Checkout building, NASA employees and
Lockheed Martin contractors are working side by side to prepare Orion for
Exploration Flight Test-1 next year. Orion is designed to take U.S. astronauts
farther into space than ever before.

The Orion spacecraft, managed by NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, will
be launched on missions by NASA's heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS), an
entirely new capability for human exploration. Designed to be flexible for
launching spacecraft from Kennedy for crew and cargo missions, SLS will expand
human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration
across the solar system. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,
Ala., manages SLS. Kennedy manages the Ground Systems Development and
Operations Program, which is preparing to process and launch the
next-generation vehicles and spacecraft designed to achieve NASA's goals for
space exploration.

For more information about the Orion program, visit: 

For more information on SLS, visit:

For more information about the Ground Systems Development and Operations
Program at Kennedy, visit:


Contact: Rachel Kraft, Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358-1100,, Amber Philman, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.,
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