NASA's Vision for Space Exploration will send astronauts back to the moon and form the basis for missions to other destinations. These missions look to the cosmos for answers to questions as old as humankind.
The Constellation systems that will be needed to return humans to the Moon could also be used to deliver large commercial or Earth-sensing satellites to geosynchronous orbit, send humans to an asteroid, or service science platforms in the Earth's neighborhood.
Patrick A. Troutman, project manager for the Exploration Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment project, will discuss "NASA Capabilities for Human Exploration Beyond the Moon" at a Colloquium at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the Langley Research Center Reid Conference Center.
Media who wish to interview Troutman at a press briefing at 1:15 p.m. Thursday should contact Marny Skora at 864-3315 or 344-6111 by noon for credentials and entry on to the Center.
Troutman has led systems analyses capabilities in support of space system studies as well as space station redesign and risk mitigation studies. He has also directed several studies for NASA that led to recommendations for future human exploration scenarios in the 2015 era that were incorporated into the Vision for Space Exploration.
Troutman earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace and oceanographic engineering with a minor in computer science from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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