NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy will visit the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, for tours and briefings on Marshall’s role in the Artemis program and the capabilities and expertise at the center that enrich many facets of the nation’s space exploration endeavors. It is their first visit to Marshall in their current roles.

Media are invited to tour with Nelson and Melroy as they visit Marshall’s Surface and Transit Habitats Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, and Advanced Manufacturing for large space structures facilities. Marshall’s capabilities in advanced manufacturing, in-space transportation, habitats, and life support systems have enabled our nation’s human exploration systems for decades.

Marshall has a vital role in planned Artemis missions and manages NASA’s deep space rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), which will power the next generation of exploration. NASA’s Orion spacecraft is secured atop the powerful SLS rocket at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the integrated system is entering the final phase of preparations for an upcoming uncrewed flight test around the Moon. The mission will pave the way for a future flight test with crew before NASA establishes a regular cadence of more complex missions with astronauts on and around the Moon under Artemis.

Nelson and Melroy will also highlight the benefits that both NASA and Marshall would receive under President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, including major infrastructure improvements, modernizing critical Marshall resources currently supporting priority programs across the agency, including the agency’s Artemis and Commercial Crew Programs.

Following the tour, Nelson and Melroy will be available for a question-and-answer session with attending media. Media interested in covering their visit should contact Shannon Segovia in the Marshall Office of Communications at 256-541-7698 or no later than noon Monday, Nov. 29. Media must report to the Redstone Arsenal Visitors Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Research Park Boulevard, by 10 a.m. Nov. 30. Members of the communications team will meet and escort media to the tour location. Media will be onsite until noon and will need photo identification and proof of automobile insurance.

All visitors to NASA facilities are required to complete a certification of vaccination for COVID-19 form. Those who are not fully vaccinated or decline to provide their vaccination status, must provide a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the previous 72 hours. Masks are required for all persons during the media event. 

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