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Marny Skora
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
757-864-3315/344-6111 (mobile)


NASA Administrator to Outline Moon/Mars Plans in Hampton

Tapped in April 2005 as the 11th NASA Administrator, Michael Griffin has enthusiastically embraced the legacy of exploration that is an American hallmark. He is leading the agency's vision for space exploration that will return humans to the moon, this time to stay and to build an outpost for further exploration of Mars and the outer planets.

Griffin will outline NASA's challenge, how it will be accomplished and why it is important to the country in two presentations on Tuesday, Oct. 24 -- the first to NASA Langley employees at 2 p.m. and the second to Hampton Roads citizens that evening. The free public lecture will be held at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Air & Space Center, downtown Hampton.

Media who wish to interview Griffin are invited to attend a news briefing at 1 p.m. Tuesday at NASA Langley's Reid Conference Center. Interested reporters should contact Marny Skora at 864-3315 or 344-6111 (mobile) by close of business Monday for credentials and entry to the Center.

Prior to his selection as NASA Administrator, Griffin headed the Space Department at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md. He also served as president and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, Inc., and he has held several positions within Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Va. Earlier in his career, Griffin served as chief engineer and as associate administrator for Exploration at NASA and as deputy for technology at the Strategic Defense Initiative organization.

Griffin earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University, a master's degree in aerospace science from Catholic University of America, and a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California.

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