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Keith Koehler
Wallops Flight Facility, Va.
757-864-1579
keith.a.koehler@nasa.gov
 
David E. Steitz
Headquarters, Washington     
202-358-1730
david.steitz@nasa.gov  


Sept. 14, 2011
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M11-195
 
 
Wallops Media Roundtable With NASA'S Space Technology Director
 
 
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- Journalists are invited to a roundtable discussion at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 16, with NASA's Space Technology Program Director Michael Gazarik during his visit to the agency's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va.

Robert Strain, director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and Wallops Director Bill Wrobel, will join Gazarik for the event. They will discuss Wallops' important role in the Space Technology Program and in the development of new cutting-edge technologies and innovations that will enable NASA's future missions in science, exploration and space operations.

Next year, Wallops will conduct critical high-altitude balloon and sounding rocket flights for two major Space Technology projects. They will test inflatable aerodynamic decelerators for safely returning cargo to Earth from the International Space Station and for landing large-scale payloads on planetary surfaces.

To attend the media roundtable or to participate via teleconference, journalists must contact Keith Koehler at 757-824-1579 or keith.a.koehler@nasa.gov by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Audio of the event will be streamed live at:

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio


For information about high altitude balloon and sounding rocket programs at Wallops, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/wallops


For Gazarik's biography and information about the Office of the Chief Technologist, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/oct  

 

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