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June 17, 2013

Tracy McMahan
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Space Station Program Manager to Visit Marshall June 19 for Unveiling of Upgraded Operations Center; Media Invited to Tour

What: On June 19, NASA will unveil upgrades to the Payload Operations Integration Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Michael Suffredini, manager of the International Space Station Program, and other program officials will visit Marshall to participate in the ceremony and congratulate the team on the record amount of science investigations completed this year. This is the first major upgrade to the control room since the Payload Operations Integration Center team began around-the-clock operations March 19, 2001. The team plans and coordinates all the research activities on the space station. NASA completed station assembly in 2011, and since then science activities have accelerated. The operation center's new capabilities bolster the ground team's ability to help the crew and researchers around the world perform cutting-edge science in this unique space laboratory. The renovated room expands capabilities to handle increased data and operations activities from the science command post. The room features a full video wall for displaying and sharing information, such as diagrams and photographs of experiments, or experiment power and data.

Who: Michael Suffredini, manager of the Station Program
Joel Montalbano, deputy manager for Utilization of the Station
Rod Jones, manager of the Station Research Integration Office
Julie Robinson, program scientist for the Station Program
Patrick Scheuermann, Marshall director
Teresa Vanhooser, Marshall deputy director
Jay Onken, director of Marshall's Mission Operations Laboratory
Science operations team members

When/Where: NASA's Payload Operations Integration Center
Media interviews with control center team, 8:30-9 a.m.
Unveiling ceremony, 9:30-10 a.m.
Media interviews with NASA managers, 10-10:30 a.m.
Media tour in control room, 10:30-10:45 a.m.

To attend: News media interested in attending the event should contact Tracy McMahan in Marshall's Public and Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 18.

Media representatives must report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard, no later than 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 19. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media representatives will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance.


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