NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore, who lived and worked nearly six months on the International Space Station and served as the Expedition 42 commander, will visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on Monday, Nov. 16. He will answer questions from the media about his time on the space station and his new position as astronaut liaison for NASA’s Space Launch System program during a media availability at 10:45 a.m. CST.

During his stay on the station from September 2014 through March 2015, the Tennessee native performed three spacewalks to prepare for new international docking adapters and future U.S. commercial crew spacecraft. He also participated in numerous scientific investigations and technology demonstrations, including manufacturing the first parts ever made in space with a 3-D printer, development of which will help NASA on the journey to Mars. Marshall managed the 3-D Printing in Zero-G Technology Demonstration, and the parts returned from the space station are now at Marshall for testing. A printer similar to the one used in orbit will be on display.

Wilmore also will discuss his new role as astronaut liaison to the Space Launch System, the agency’s new deep-space rocket, now under development at the Marshall Center, which will take astronauts on missions to Mars and other destinations.

Media interested in covering Wilmore’s appearance should contact Jennifer Stanfield in the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13. Media must report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Research Park Boulevard, by 9:45 a.m. Nov. 16. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media will need photo identification and proof of car insurance.

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