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Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111

04.10.07
 
RELEASE : J03-007
 
 
NASA Astronauts, Orion Project Managers to Visit Phoenix
 
 
NASA astronauts and managers of the Orion Project, America’s spacecraft for a new generation of explorers, will recognize the Phoenix community’s role in space exploration this week.

The astronauts and managers will be in Phoenix to participate in a quarterly status review of the Orion Project, which is designing spacecraft and support systems that will enable voyages to the moon, Mars and beyond. Honeywell Aerospace, headquartered in Phoenix, is working with Lockheed Martin and NASA to design, develop and produce much of the computerized navigation hardware and software, displays, controls and navigation for Orion.

To highlight Arizona’s contribution to the Orion program April 11, Astronaut Mark Kelly will join Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Honeywell President & Chief Executive Officer Rob Gillette, Phoenix Economic Development Council leadership and members of the Orion program team for a short recognition ceremony and Orion program media briefing.

To recognize the Honeywell workforce and visit facilities working on spacecraft systems, Astronaut Scott Altman and Orion Project Manager Skip Hatfield will participate in a NASA Spaceflight Awareness ceremony and tour at Honeywell facilities April 13. The Spaceflight Awareness program is dedicated to ensuring that each and every employee involved in human space flight is aware of the importance of their role in promoting astronaut safety and mission success in the critical, challenging task of flying humans in such a hostile environment.

The Orion crew exploration vehicle is scheduled to launch humans to the International Space Station following retirement of NASA’s space shuttle in 2010 and return humans to the moon by 2020.

A full listing of media opportunities associated with the visit is on the following page:

Recognition Ceremony and Orion Program Press Briefing
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 – 1-2 p.m.
Phoenix City Hall, Mayor’s Conference Room, 11th Floor
111 N 3rd St., Phoenix

Astronaut Mark Kelly, Mayor Gordon and representatives from Honeywell and Lockheed Martin Corp. will be available for interviews. Media are also invited to attend the following Orion program events. To attend an event or arrange an interview, contact Karen Crabtree at 602-365-5255.

NASA Explorer School Event with Astronauts Mark Kelly and Bill Gregory
Thursday, April 12, 2007, 1-3 p.m.
Westwind Intermediate School
9040A West Campbell Ave., Phoenix

NASA Astronaut Forum with Arizona State University Students
Thursday, April 12, 2007, 6-7 p.m.
Mars Space Flight Facility (Moeur Building), Room 137
Forest Avenue/Gammage Parkway

NASA Spaceflight Awareness Recognition Event and Honeywell Tour
Friday, April 13, 2007 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Honeywell Aerospace Facility, 19019 N 59th Ave., Glendale, Ariz.

Astronaut Scott Altman and Orion Project Manager Skip Hatfield will present a Spaceflight Awareness team award to employees of Honeywell Aerospace, headquartered in Phoenix. Honeywell is a member of NASA’s Orion team, supporting prime contractor Lockheed Martin in the design of hardware and software for the spacecraft’s computerized navigation system.

For information about NASA’s Constellation Program and Orion Project, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/constellation/
 

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