NASA to Outline Plans Next Week

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — 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.

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:

Editor’s Note: Lightfoot giving his address in Huntsville should be a clear sign that the SLS program isn’t going anywhere.