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NASA’s Marshall Center to Observe Safety Day Thursday, Oct. 27, Focusing on Lessons Learned and Risk-Management
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, Alabama
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media Advisory: 05-169

What: "Safety Day" at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is an annual event focusing on the importance of safety in NASA's mission and everyday lives. Speakers will stress the importance of safety in human space flight, and Marshall's goal to protect the safety and health of its people and partners, the public and assets entrusted to the center. A safety fair, safety-related exhibits and events will emphasize the theme "Safety, a Cornerstone to Mission Success." The keynote speaker will be Dr. Vernon Grose, chairman of Omega Systems Group Inc., in Arlington, Va. Grose, considered a founding father of the application of systems methodology to manage risk, will discuss safety in NASA’s future endeavors.

Who: In addition to Grose, speakers include:
  • Charles Chitwood, Marshall Center deputy director
  • Alan Poindexter, NASA astronaut and Navy commander
  • Chris Singer, deputy director, Marshall Engineering Directorate
  • Dr. Stan Graves, ATK Thiokol Inc., in Promontory, Utah

When: Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005.
  • 9:30 a.m. CDT – Safety Day kickoff and speaker comments
  • 10:25 a.m. – "Safety in NASA’s Future" keynote presentation
  • 11:30 a.m. – Safety Day fair

Where: Marshall Center, Building 4200
  • Morris Auditorium – kickoff event and keynote presentation
  • Building 4200 Complex Courtyard – Safety Day fair

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at (256) 544-0034 no later than Oct. 27, 2005. Media must report to Gate 9 at the Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance. Visitor parking is available in front of Building 4200 on the southwest side.

For supporting materials for this news release -- such as photographs, fact sheets, video and audio files and more -- please visit the NASA Marshall Center Newsroom Web site at