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Kimberly W. Land
NASA Langley Research Center
Phone: 757-864-9885
Mobile: 757-344-8611
RELEASE : 05-002

Overcoming the Technical Challenges of Exploring Space

Achieving a sustainable and affordable space exploration program that spans decades is a fundamental theme of NASA's vision for space exploration. Fresh ideas are needed to develop systems and technological solutions to meet that goal. NASA's Exploration Systems Research and Technology program is pursuing an aggressive agenda to do just that.

John C. Mankins, manager, Exploration Systems Research and Technology (ESRT), NASA Headquarters, will speak on "Technical Challenges for Space Exploration Missions" at a colloquium at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, at NASA Langley's H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.

Media Briefing: A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., NASA Langley Research Center. Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Kimberly W. Land at (757) 864-9885 or 344-8611 (mobile) to arrange for credentials.

Mankins will give an overview of the strategic technical challenges NASA hopes to overcome and discuss the various projects within the ESRT program.

Currently, Mankins is responsible for analyses, planning, technology development and maturation in support of future human and robotic space exploration in the Office of Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA HQs. He has also served as acting Assistant Associate Administrator for Advanced Systems in the Office of Space Flight and as the Chief Technologist for the Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprise, in addition to holding a number of other lead roles in space exploration.

Before coming to NASA, Mankins held a variety of positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Harvey Mudd College, a master's degree in physics from UCLA and an MBA in public policy analysis from Claremont Graduate School.


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