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NASA Michoud Assembly Facility to Hold Employee, Family Day June 21
Kimberly Newton
Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans

Media Advisory: M08-072

What: On June 21, NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans will hold an employee and family day for its NASA and contractor employees, as well as on-site tenants. Media are invited to tour the facility to learn first-hand about Michoud’s technology and manufacturing capabilities. The tour also will explain how Michoud will transition manufacturing work from the space shuttle to the Constellation programs. The tour will feature an external tank from the Space Shuttle Program and Ares I rocket and Orion crew capsule exhibits from the Constellation Program.

NASA has selected the Michoud facility to support a number of major projects for the Constellation Program, which is developing NASA’s next generation of crew exploration and launch vehicles. Michoud will manufacture and assemble the upper stage of the Ares I crew launch vehicle, the core stage and the Earth departure stage of the Ares V cargo launch vehicle, and the Orion crew exploration vehicle -- the spacecraft that will carry a new generation of explorers to Earth orbit, to the moon and beyond.

Who: Available for media interviews, following the tour, will be Shelia Cloud, transition director for the Michoud facility; John Chapman, Space Shuttle program external tank project manager; Daniel Davis, Constellation program upper stage manager; and astronauts Tony Antonelli and Richard Arnold. The Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Space Systems and the U.S. Coast Guard also will provide representatives for their respective programs.

Where: NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans

When: Media Tour - 10:30-11:30 a.m. CDT, Saturday, June 21, 2008
Media availability with Cloud, Chapman, Davis, and others will immediately follow the tour.

Media interested in touring the facility and arranging interviews should contact Kimberly Newton at 256-653-5173, Amie Cotton at 256-426-4543 or the Marshall Newsroom at 256-544-0034 no later than 6 p.m. CDT Friday, June 20. Interested media should arrive no later than 10 a.m., June 21 at Building 350. Buses will be on hand to transport guests to the media tour.

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