NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will visit the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on Wednesday, Aug. 15, for tours and briefings on human spaceflight testing and space station science operations, including critical structural tests underway for its new deep space rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS).

Bridenstine will view the test version of the SLS intertank at 1:30 p.m. CDT inside Marshall’s Structural Strength Laboratory in Building 4619, where testing is underway. Following the tour, the administrator will be available for a question-and-answer session with attending media. Media interested in covering Bridenstine’s visit should contact Jennifer Stanfield in the Marshall Office of Communications at 256-544-7199 at no later than 4 p.m. Monday, Aug 13.

Significant progress has been made on SLS, with many of the rocket’s major elements finished or nearing completion for Exploration Mission-1, the first integrated test of Orion, SLS and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Media must report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Research Park Boulevard, by 12:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. Media will need photo identification and proof of automobile insurance.

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