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NASA to Celebrate Centennial at EAA AirVenture

NASA to Celebrate Centennial at EAA AirVentureJuly 2, 2015 - One hundred years ago the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was formed – the agency that in 1958 would become the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This year NASA returns to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 with an exciting array of presentations to help commemorate its rich past and discuss current and future projects. NASA will have an exhibit throughout the week in the new Aviation Gateway Park.

Here is what NASA has on schedule for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015:

Surviving Mars – Wednesday, July 22, 10-11:15 a.m., at Forum Building 7 - Andy Weir, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Martian, will discuss his fiction with a panel of NASA and industry experts who will share the real progress NASA is making toward sending humans on exploration missions to Mars. Confirmed panelists include: Andy Weir, Kent Rominger (Orbital ATK), Larry Price (Lockheed Martin), and Keith Reiley (Boeing). Forum Building 7 is sponsored by Honda Aircraft Company

Living in Deep Space – Wednesday, July 22, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., at Forum Building 9 - Experts will answer the question, “Is long term habitation possible independent of Earth?” Industry leaders are working to determine the optimal habitat for human life on an alien planet. Presented by Boeing’s Keith Reiley, who has 30 years of experience in space systems design, operations, and development. Forum Building 9 is sponsored by Honda Generators.

Exploring Deep Space, Thursday, July 23, 10-11:15 a.m., at Forum Building 4 - Learn about America’s new Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft, which are being designed to take humans deeper into space than we’ve ever been. Confirmed speakers include NASA’s Susan Baggerman and Keith Hefner.

Space Trends Changing the Future - Thursday from 2:30-3:45 p.m., at Forum Building 7 – A panel, including four-time shuttle astronaut Charlie Precourt, will discuss the top space trends that will transform life in the 21st century and beyond. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free gift! Confirmed panelists include Charlie Precourt and Jeremy Redden of Orbital ATK, Larry Price, Lockheed Martin, and Kathryn Crowe, NASA.

Orion: The Most Advanced Spacecraft Ever Built – Thursday, 8-10 p.m., at Theater in the Woods - Learn about NASA’s Orion spacecraft, the exploration vehicle intended to take astronauts farther into space than ever before. Presenting will be Larry Price, Lockheed Martin’s deputy Orion Program manager, and Susan Baggerman, health and medical technical authority to the Orion Program office.

Woman Rocket Scientists – Friday, July 24, 10-11:15 a.m. at Forum Building 9 - Meet the women of today’s space programs who are building tomorrow’s space travel along with America’s vision for human space exploration. Presenters include “Astronaut” Abby Harrison, an aspiring astronaut; Susan Baggerman, NASA; Janica Cheney, Orbital ATK; Kathryn Crowe, NASA; Sandra Magnus, Space Shuttle and International Space Station astronaut; Iylene Patino, Boeing; and Julie Van Kleeck, Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Finding Life in Other Worlds – Friday, July 24, 2:30-3:45 p.m. at Forum Building 9 - Experts from NASA and the aeronautics industry will discuss discoveries the Kepler spacecraft is making as it crosses the Milky Way in search of the signatures of life; what the Webb Space Telescope can teach astrophysicists about potentially life-supporting solar systems; and the tools needed to find other life in space.

NASA Airplane Technology – Friday, July 24, 2:30-3:45 p.m., at Aviation Gateway Park, learn about airplane technologies being developed by NASA from aeronautical engineer Sid Siddiqi.


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