NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will make his first official visit to NASA’s rocket factory, the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans on Monday, Aug. 13, for tours and briefings on progress building NASA’s new deep space rocket, the Space Launch System, and its Orion spacecraft.

Media are invited to tour Michoud with the administrator, where they will see progress on SLS and Orion hardware. Following brief remarks from NASA leadership, the tour will begin at 1:10 p.m. CDT and last approximately 90 minutes. Immediately following the tour, Bridenstine will be available for a question-and-answer session with attending media.

Interested media should contact Janet Anderson at no later than noon, Friday, Aug. 10, and report at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 13, to Michoud’s Gate 7. Participating media must be U.S. citizens with valid media credentials and a government-issued photo ID. Long pants and closed-toe shoes with heels smaller than two inches are required.

Michoud is manufacturing and assembling some of the largest and most complex parts of SLS that will send Orion and its crew on bold exploration missions to the Moon and beyond. Many of the rocket’s major parts are 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.

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