NASA Administrator, Members of Congress to Discuss Ohio’s Role in Artemis Program

Engineers prepare the thermal vacuum chamber in the Space Environments Complex at NASAs Plum Brook Station to test a spacecraft for its tolerance to the harsh conditions of space.
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Media are invited to accompany NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, U.S. Senator Rob Portman and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio Wednesday, Aug. 21, as they visit the agencys Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, to view progress on the agencys Artemis program.

They will begin at Lewis Field at 9:30 a.m. EDT for a tour of Glenns Electric Propulsion and Power Lab, where NASA engineers are working with Maxar Technologies to develop and test the power and propulsion element for the Gateway, NASAs home base for astronaut expeditions to the Moons surface and future human missions to Mars.

During a media roundtable at 10:10 a.m., Bridenstine will discuss the centers role in landing humans on the Moon by 2024 and establishing sustainable lunar exploration by 2028. Portman and Kaptur also will deliver remarks, then join the administrator to take questions from the media.

Following the media roundtable, they will tour the Stirling Research Lab, where NASA is exploring surface power systems to enable a sustained human presence on the Moon, Mars and other planets.

Bridenstine, Portman and Kaptur will go on to Plum Brook Station at 1:30 p.m. to visit Glenns aeronautics test facilities and some of the worlds largest and most capable space environment simulation facilities. During the tour, they will observe preparations for upcoming tests of the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 mission. At 2:50 p.m., each will deliver remarks and take questions from the media in the Space Environments Complex.

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