NASA and Lockheed Martin Corp., of Bethesda, Md., will unveil the Exploration Design Challenge, Monday, 11 March, to involve students in the flight testing of the next-generation Orion spacecraft.
Former shuttle astronaut Leland Melvin—who flew aboard STS-122 in February 2008 and STS-129 in November 2009 and presently serves as NASA’s Associate Administrator for Education—will announce the details of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) challenge at 11:30 a.m. EDT (10:30 a.m. CDT) in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Speakers at the event are expected to include NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin, Orion’s prime contractor.
After the Exploration Design Challenge kickoff at 12:30 p.m. EDT (11:30 a.m. CDT), NASA plans to host a Google+ hangout with Melvin and fellow astronaut Rex Walheim, who will be inside a mockup of the Orion spacecraft, discussing its capabilities and answering questions about the future of exploration. Individuals interested in joining the Google+ hangout have been invited to visit: http://go.nasa.gov/12u0RwZ.