NASA’s Glenn Research Center will open its doors to media and social media representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. EST for a “State of NASA” event featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the center’s work in NASA’s mission to send astronauts into deep space.

The event will be held at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. It will include media tours and presentations of the Space Power Facility where engineers are currently evaluating a test version of the Orion European Service Module, and the Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility, the world’s only facility capable of testing full-scale, upper-stage launch vehicles and rocket engines under simulated high-altitude conditions. Glenn Center Director Jim Free will talk with participants and be available to answer questions.

Additionally, the groups will connect remotely with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden from the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, at 1:30 p.m. EST via NASA Television. Bolden will address the agency’s scientific and technological achievements and cutting-edge future work. Attending media representatives will view the event from inside the Space Power Facility Observation Room.

Media representatives who want to attend the activities should contact Lori Rachul at 216-433-8806 or, by 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. Media need to arrive at the Plum Brook Scheid Road Main Gate located off of Route 250 no later than 1 p.m. for the Tuesday event.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, NASA Chief Financial Officer David Radzanowski will brief media on the agency’s 2017 budget proposal. To participate in this briefing, media must contact Karen Northon in the NASA Headquarters newsroom at 202-358-1540 or no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday. Media in attendance at Plum Brook Station will have the option to listen to the teleconference. Following the teleconference, Glenn’s Chief Financial Officer Larry Sivic will be available to answer questions from reporters and social media attendees.

Audio and visuals from the media teleconference will be streamed live on NASA’s website and on Ustream at:

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:


The NASA budget and supporting information will be available online Tuesday afternoon, at:

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