NASA to Host Media Activities in Houston Ahead of Moon Mission


Ahead of the Artemis I flight test, NASA invites the media to its Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday, August 5, for a detailed mission briefing and a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities that will enable a long-term human presence on the moon. .

NASA is currently targeting a Monday, August 29, earliest launch of the Space Launch System rocket to send the Orion spacecraft around the Moon and back to Earth. The mission will take place over approximately six weeks to check the systems before the crew takes off aboard Artemis II.

The media day will feature mission support facilities, trainers and equipment for future Artemis missions, as well as interview opportunities with program managers, flight directors, astronauts, scientists and engineers. It will also offer tours and activities at facilities unique to Johnson.

US media interested in participating in Johnson in person should contact the Johnson Newsroom no later than 5 p.m. Friday, July 29 by calling: 281-483-5111 or emailing: [email protected] International media should contact the Johnson Newsroom no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.

Planned activities include:

  • In-depth mission briefing – Discuss the Artemis I mission profile with flight directors and mission experts. The briefing will also be broadcast on NASA TV and media will be able to ask questions by phone. NASA will share the briefing time and details to be reached by phone at a later date.
  • Artemis Mission Control – Chat with flight directors, engineers and astronauts in the control room that will be used throughout the Artemis I mission.
  • Space Vehicle Model Installation – See a full-size version of the Orion Crew Module used for training and an Orion launch and entry suit that will be worn by astronauts on future Artemis missions.
  • Systems Engineering Simulator – Preview the first Artemis lunar surface excursions in a new virtual reality trainer that prepares future moonwalkers for extravehicular lunar surface operations.
  • Neutral buoyancy laboratory – See the latest hardware and ongoing testing in one of the largest pools in the world to support Artemis missions.
  • Gateway High Fidelity Hardware Mockup Manufacturing Facility – Tour a high-fidelity mock-up of the Gateway habitation and logistics outpost module where Artemis astronauts will live and work on future Artemis missions.
  • Additional interview opportunities – Chat with experts from various Johnson programs that support NASA’s Artemis missions, including the Extravehicular Activity and Human Surface Mobility program and the Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative.

Artemis I is an uncrewed test flight, the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to the Moon in preparation for human missions to Mars. Through the Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, paving the way for a long-term lunar presence and serving as a springboard for sending astronauts to Mars.

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