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David E. Steitz
Headquarters, Washington     
Priscilla Vega
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
March 22, 2012
NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium March 27-29
WASHINGTON -- NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium will be held March 27-29 at the Westin Pasadena Hotel, 191 North Los Robles Ave., in Pasadena, Calif. The NIAC examines early stage concepts that may lead to advanced and innovative space technologies critical for NASA to enable missions 10 to 100 years from today.

Panel topics during the symposium include space debris elimination, fission fragment rocket engine propelled spacecraft, and the potential for ambient plasma wave propulsion systems.

NIAC is part of NASA's Space Technology Program, which develops technologies that enable future NASA missions. NIAC awardees come from academia, the private sector and government research labs.

To attend the conference, reporters must register online, listing their media outlet under "affiliation," at:

Journalists seeking interviews with NASA or other conference participants should contact Priscilla Vega at 818-354-1357 or

To view the complete conference agenda, visit:

For more information about NASA's NIAC program, visit:


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