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Feb. 12 ‘State of NASA’ Events Highlight Agency Goals for Space Exploration

NASA centers across the country are opening their doors Monday, Feb. 12, to media and social media for “State of NASA” events, including a speech from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, and unique opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agency’s work. These events follow President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal delivery to the U.S. Congress.

Events at NASA centers will include media tours and presentations on the agency’s exploration goals for the Moon, Mars and worlds beyond, the innovative technologies developed and under development, as well as the scientific discoveries made as NASA explores and studies Earth and our universe, and continues to make advancements in next-generation air travel. 

Lightfoot will provide a “State of NASA” address to the agency’s workforce at 1 p.m. EST from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. His remarks will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Following Lightfoot’s address, media and social media will be able to tour Marshall facilities, including testing and manufacturing facilities for NASA’s new deep space rocket, the Space Launch System, and the International Space Station. Other NASA centers also will host media and social media tours following Lightfoot’s remarks.

Media interested in attending the Marshall event should contact Kimberly Newton at 256-544-0034 or no later than 10 a.m. CST Friday, Feb. 9. Attending media must arrive at Gate 9 of the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at the Interstate 565 interchange of Rideout Road and Research Park Boulevard no later than 11 a.m. CST Monday for badging and security clearance. Media must provide one form of government-issued photo identification for badging. Access to the post requires proof of vehicle insurance.

Also on Monday, at 5 p.m. EST, NASA’s acting Chief Financial Officer Andrew Hunter will brief media during a teleconference on the agency’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal. To participate in this briefing, media must contact Karen Northon in the NASA Headquarters newsroom at no later than 3 p.m. Monday.

Audio and visuals from the media teleconference will be streamed live on NASA’s website at:

The agency budget and supporting information will be available online at noon Monday at:


Jen Rae Wang / Karen Northon
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1600 /