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Stephanie Schierholz/Grey Hautaluoma
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-4997/0668
stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov , grey.hautaluoma-1@nasa.gov

Katherine K. Martin
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland
216-433-2406
katherine.martin@grc.nasa.gov

March 6, 2008
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M08-055
 
 
NASA Offers Ares I-X Media Opportunity at Glenn, March 13
 
 
CLEVELAND - Reporters are invited to NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland on Thursday, March 13 at 11 a.m. EDT to view a full-scale element of NASA's Ares I-X rocket. The test launch and flight of the Ares I-X in April 2009 is a critical milestone in the development of NASA's Constellation Program that will send astronauts back to the moon.

Reporters will be able to see and climb inside the 18-foot wide, 45-foot tall simulation of the Ares I upper stage, which was designed and manufactured at Glenn. The simulated element represents the size, outer shape and mass of the second stage of the Ares I rocket. Media also will receive an update of NASA's Ares I-X Project and a tour of Glenn's Fabrication Shop.

The full scale upper stage element will be tested and have instrumentation installed before it is integrated with the other parts of the Ares I-X vehicle for the test flight. The finished elements also represent the completion of the first manufacturing activity at Glenn of a full-scale launch vehicle demonstrator in two decades.

Glenn's director, Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., will participate in the briefing and be joined by Vince Bilardo, project manager for the Ares I-X elements at Glenn and Therese Griebel, chief of Glenn's Manufacturing Technologies Division.

Media wishing to attend this event should contact Katherine Martin at 216-433-2901 by 4:30 p.m. on March 12. For more information about Ares I-X work at Glenn, visit:

http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/LaunchSystems/Simulator


For more information about NASA's Constellation Program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/constellation
 

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