NOTE TO EDITORS:
NASA UPDATES MEDIA ON INITIAL ENGINEERING AND SAFETY
The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), created to serve
as an independent technical resource for the agency, will be making
its first report to NASA leadership on May 12.
The leadership briefing, itself, will be closed to the public,
but a media roundtable will be conducted afterward from 1:45-2:30
p.m. EDT, originating from NASA Headquarters. The interviewee will
be Ralph Roe, NESC Director.
Of prime interest will be the results of the NESC's first four
assessments, called "Pathfinder" studies, announced in November
2003 shortly after the official kickoff of the NESC. Study topics
were related to the Cloud-Aerosol LIDAR and Infrared Pathfinder
Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) spacecraft, the Hyper-X (X-43A)
Program, the Space Shuttle orbiter rudder/speed brake system, and
the Mars Exploration Rovers.
Information about the NESC is available on the NESC web site at
the address below, including a bio of Ralph Roe. Lessons learned
and related information from the four Pathfinder studies will be
posted to the site no later than 10 a.m., May 12. A link will take
reporters to a video clip and publication quality images.
Media representatives who want to monitor the media roundtable
may use NASA's "monitor only" phone lines: