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Original Von Braun, Marshall Center Team Members and Apollo Astronaut to Discuss Past, Present, Future of Space Exploration at Von Braun Forum May 11
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media advisory: 06-065

A panel of pioneers from NASA's earliest days, Apollo astronaut Charles Duke and representatives from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center who are engineering the future of space today will be featured at the annual Von Braun Forum in Huntsville, Ala., May 11.

The panelists will provide highlights of the development of the space program, from the first fleet of rockets that launched humans into space to today's Vision for Space Exploration -- completion of the International Space Station, human and robotic exploration of the moon, Mars and destinations beyond. They also will discuss today’s cornerstone experiences as the journey of space exploration continues with new missions and the design and development of NASA's new crew and cargo launch vehicles managed at the Marshall Center for the agency’s Constellation Program. Ed Buckbee, co-author of "The REAL Space Cowboys," former NASA public affairs officer and the first executive director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, will moderate the forum.

Sponsored by the Marshall Center, the forum celebrates accomplishments of the space program and the contributions of Dr. Wernher von Braun, Marshall’s first director and chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle.

A special video produced by the Marshall Center, "The Von Braun Visionaries," will premiere at the forum. It spotlights interviews with five members of the original von Braun team, who also will speak at the forum.

What: 2006 Von Braun Forum, sponsored by the Marshall Center

Who: Scheduled panelists include Apollo astronaut Charles Duke and original von Braun team members Konrad Dannenberg, Hans Fichtner, Dr. Walter Hausserman, Joachim Kuettner and Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger.

Marshall Center team members taking part as panelists are Mike Rudolphi, director of the Engineering Directorate; John Horack, assistant manager of the Science and Mission Systems Office; Robert Lightfoot, manager of the Shuttle Propulsion Office; and Phil Sumrall, manager of advanced planning for the Constellation Systems Launch Vehicles Project Office.

When: Thursday, May 11, from 2-4 p.m. CDT

Where: Education Training Facility at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville

News media interested in covering the event should contact the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at (256) 544-0034 no later than Wednesday, May 10, 4 p.m. CDT.