Kennedy News

Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Michael Braukus/J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington

Sept. 14, 2011
NASA Announces Major Decisions For Future Human Spaceflight
WASHINGTON -- NASA leaders will participate in two media events Wednesday, Sept. 14, to discuss the new Space Launch System that will take American astronauts farther into space than ever before.

At 10 a.m. EDT, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will join members of Congress, including Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Bill Nelson, for a news conference in SDG-50 on the ground floor of the Senate Dirksen Building in Washington.

The event will be webcast live on the Senate Commerce Committee's website at:

At 12 p.m. NASA will hold a background media teleconference with William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA's Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate; Doug Cooke, deputy associate administrator for HEO; NASA Chief Financial Officer Beth Robinson and other senior managers.

To participate, reporters must e-mail their name, media affiliation and telephone number to J.D. Harrington at by 11:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:

For more information about NASA's plans for future human space exploration, visit:


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