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May 1, 2013
Deputy Administrator Garver Visits NASA's Gulf Coast Facilities

WASHINGTON - Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will visit NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and testing facilities at the agency's Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Friday, May 3.

These facilities are critical to the construction and testing of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Commercial Crew Program. Michoud and Stennis also are important to partnerships with private industry, which is helping maximize the use of NASA facilities.

At 9 a.m. CDT, Garver will visit Michoud to observe progress being made to support the SLS and Orion spacecraft programs. She will be available for media interviews after her tour.

Garver next will travel to Stennis for a 1:30 p.m. tour of commercial crew testing facilities and the B-2 test stand, which is being restored in preparation for testing of the SLS core stage. Media representatives are invited to join Garver on the tour.

Reporters who want to attend the Michoud event must contact Chip Howat at carl.j.howat@nasa.gov or 504-214-6745 by no later than 8 a.m., Friday. Media must report to 13800 Old Gentilly Road, Bldg. 101 visitor's lobby, by 8:30 am for access to the facility. Official media credentials with photo identification are required for access.

Reporters who want to attend the Stennis event must contact Rebecca Strecker at rebecca.a.strecker@nasa.gov or 228-688-3249 by no later than noon, Thursday, May 2. Journalists should plan to arrive by 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

For more information about NASA's SLS, Orion and Commercial Crew programs, visit:



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