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NASA to Update Media on Transition From Space Shuttle to Constellation Program at Michoud Assembly Facility
June Malone
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

News release: M08-036

What: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's Michoud Transition Director Sheila Cloud and External Tank Project Manager John Chapman will be available to the news media Tuesday, April 1, at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in East New Orleans for an update on activities involved in the transition of the space shuttle to the Constellation Program. The availability will occur after Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate, and Rick Gilbrech, associate administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, host a media teleconference from NASA Headquarters in Washington. The events will not be broadcast on NASA TV. Media may participate in the NASA Headquarters teleconference from Michoud.

When: NASA Headquarters briefing – April 1, 1 p.m. CDT
Michoud Assembly Facility media availability – April 1, 2 p.m. CDT

Where: Michoud Assembly Facility, East New Orleans, Building 101

Why: NASA continues its mission to safely fly the space shuttle, complete the International Space Station and retire the shuttle in 2010 so that the next generation of space vehicles – Orion, Ares I, Ares V and the Altair lunar lander – can be built.

NASA is working with its contractors, as well as federal, state and local government agencies and economic leaders in the regions affected to transition hardware, facilities and employees to support these future programs while maintaining the highly skilled workforce needed to carry out its ongoing missions.

The Workforce Transition Strategy Report will be available online April 1, at noon CDT at:


To attend: Media interested in attending the events at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility should contact the Marshall Center Public and Employees Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 10 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 1. Interested media must arrive at the Michoud Assembly Facility's Building 101 for badging no later than 12:30 p.m. to participate in the Headquarters briefing and no later than 1:30 p.m. to participate in the Michoud media availability.

For supporting materials for this news release, please visit the NASA Marshall Center Newsroom Web site at:

For more information about NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, visit: