NASA’s future exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond will involve
utilizing natural resources at the many destinations. To gain a
better understanding of the properties and behaviors of lunar and
martian environments, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is hosting the
“Granular Materials in Lunar and Martian Exploration” workshop Feb. 2
and 3 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Presenters are available to meet with the news media at 5 p.m. Feb. 2.
Media may also arrange to attend individual workshop sessions.

Scientists, engineers, researchers and mission managers from
throughout the nation will join together to identify key challenges
and the research and technologies needed to further the Vision for
Space Exploration.

Returning the Space Shuttle to flight, and completing the
International Space Station, are the first steps in the Vision for
Space Exploration, an affordable, stepping-stone strategy toward new
exploration goals. Using the Station to study human endurance in
space and to test new technologies and techniques, NASA will prepare
for the longer journeys to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Media interested in participating should contact Tracy Young at
321/867-2468 or by e-mail at by Feb. 1.

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