Thursday, October 6, 2011

NASA Administrator to Visit KSC

The Ares Mobile Launcher nears completion in January 2010. Image source: NASA.

NASA today issued this press release:


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will be
available to media during a visit to the agency's Kennedy Space
Center, Fla., on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. EDT.

Media are invited to film Bolden and Kennedy Space Center Director
Robert Cabana as they tour the new mobile launcher and talk about the
Space Launch System, the rocket that will take astronauts farther
into space than ever before, create high-quality jobs here at home,
and provide the cornerstone for America's future human space
exploration efforts ...

NASA announced plans for the development of the SLS in September. It
will carry NASA's Orion spacecraft, cargo, equipment and science
experiments to space — providing a safe, affordable and sustainable
means of reaching the moon, asteroids and other destinations in the
solar system.

The Ares I Mobile Launcher was intended to launch the Constellation vehicle that would ferry crews to and from the International Space Station.

Constellation was cancelled by the White House and Congress in early 2011 because the program was billions over budget and years behind schedule. The Ares I would not be operational until at least 2017, and would be funded by ending U.S. participation in the ISS in 2015, leaving Ares I no place to go.

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