A new era of human space exploration is beginning and NASA managers will share details at the next U.S. Space & Rocket Center Pass the Torch lecture. In addition, NASA will showcase a full-scale test version of the Orion spacecraft at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Feb. 1-5.
Who: Todd May, NASA's Space Launch System program manager
Mark Kirasich, NASA's Orion deputy program manager - - joined by more than 100 Space Camp trainees
When: Thurs. Feb. 2, 6 p.m.
Speakers will be available for a brief media opportunity before the lecture at 5:15 p.m.
Where: 3D Digital Theater – U.S. Space and Rocket Center (enter through Davidson Center)
The Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), or Orion, being assembled and tested at Lockheed Martin's Vertical Testing Facility in Colorado. (Lockheed Martin)
View large image The crew module is being used to test and develop the Orion spacecraft that will take the next generation of astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit. The crew module is on its way to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., following testing in New Mexico. Museum visitors will see the Orion hardware up close, sign a piece of the actual flight hardware, and talk with Orion and SLS Program team members to learn about America's future deep-space exploration vehicles.
The Orion spacecraft and the SLS heavy-lift launch vehicle will enable unprecedented deep-space human exploration missions to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit. Orion's first orbital flight test is scheduled for 2014 and the initial SLS flight is scheduled for 2017.
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