NASA Marshall Space Flight Center officials will travel to Montgomery, Alabama, March 8-10 to spread the word about the importance of the state’s role in NASA’s journey to Mars and to inspire the next generations of engineers, scientists and explorers during the Aerospace States Association’s Alabama Aerospace Week.

Marshall leaders will meet with elected officials, and NASA will be honored by the Alabama legislature with resolutions and proclamations recognizing the agency’s achievements. NASA team members will also visit several area schools and nonprofit organizations to engage with students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

The following is a schedule of events open to the public and the news media:

Wednesday, March 9
4 p.m.: NASA experts will participate in a public show at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium and be available for interviews immediately prior to the presentation as part of NASA Day at the Planetarium.

Thursday, March 10
10:40 a.m.: Marshall Center Director Todd May and Astronaut Steve Bowen, veteran of seven spacewalks, will be available to media in the Joint Press Briefing Room on the third floor of the State House.

1-2 p.m.: Astronaut Bowen and other NASA officials will visit students at Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School at 410 South McDonough Street. Media are invited to attend the school assembly.

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Interactive exhibits outside the State House on Washington Street will feature NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion inflatables, a moon rock returned to Earth from the from the Apollo 15 mission and a real RS-25 rocket engine from the Rocket City.

Alabama Aerospace Week recognizes the significant contributions the aerospace industry makes to Alabama’s economy and its citizens. Media interested in NASA interviews or attending NASA events during the week should contact Molly Porter at or 256-424-5158.

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