NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will view the latest progress on NASA's Orion spacecraft and launch preparations for the next Mars mission at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Media are invited to meet with Bolden at 2:30 p.m. EST in Kennedy's Operations and Checkout Building where the Orion crew capsule is being prepared for its first flight test in 2014. At 3:30 p.m., media then can accompany Bolden to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 where NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on a 10-month journey to the Red Planet on Monday, Nov. 18.
MAVEN launch credentials will be used for these events. For U.S. media who require new credentials to cover these events, contact the Kennedy Public Affairs Office at 321-867-2468. New credentialing for international media is closed.
Media will leave Kennedy's Press Site for the Operations and Checkout Building at 2 p.m. and return from Space Launch Complex 41 by 4:35 p.m. Media wishing only to attend the Orion event may return to the Press Site at 3 p.m. Journalists who plan only to attend the MAVEN event may depart from the Press Site at 2:30 p.m.
For information about NASA's programs and missions, including Orion and MAVEN, visit: http://www.nasa.gov.
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.