NASA To Mark 10th Anniversary Of Life On Space Station

WASHINGTON — NASA will commemorate the 10th anniversary of human life, work and research on the International Space Station (ISS) with an Oct. 27 series of roundtable discussions. The events at three NASA centers and headquarters in Washington will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website

News media are invited to join NASA employees at participating centers to ask questions.

The events will feature former space station residents, key leaders and team members who have guided the station through its first 10 years. Panelists at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida; Johnson Space Center in Houston; Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.; and NASA Headquarters in Washington will discuss the challenges and accomplishments of the station’s first decade of assembly and research and consider the promise of the upcoming decade of microgravity research.

On Nov. 2, 2000, Expedition 1 Commander Bill Shepherd and Flight Engineers Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko became the first residents of the space station. Since then, 200 explorers have visited the orbiting complex, 15 nations have contributed modules and hardware, and more than 600 experiments have been conducted aboard the station.

The all-day discussions will begin with a 9 a.m. a storytelling event featuring veteran Skylab astronaut Joe Kerwin. That event was recorded on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Johnson. The Oct. 27 schedule and list of participants are below. All times are Eastern.

Kennedy Space Center 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Participants: – Bob Cabana, director, Kennedy Space Center – Josie Burnett, director, ISS and spacecraft processing – Bill Dowdell, deputy director, ISS and spacecraft processing – David Bethay, director, program management development, The Boeing Company
  • New international media accreditation for this event is closed. U.S. reporters without long-term Kennedy credentials must apply for accreditation by noon, Oct. 26. Badges for this specific event may be picked up Oct. 27 starting at 6 a.m. at the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405. STS-133 mission badges also will be honored for this event. Media may pick up their STS-133 mission credentials from the Kennedy Space Center Pass and Identification Office on State Road 3 on Oct. 27 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Reporters requesting accreditation must apply online at:

Johnson Space Center 1 – 2 p.m.

  • Participants: – Mike Suffredini, ISS program manager – Peggy Whitson, NASA chief astronaut, Expedition 5 flight engineer and Expedition 16 commander – Mike Lopez-Alegria, NASA astronaut and Expedition 14 commander – Clay Anderson, NASA astronaut and Expedition15 and 16 flight engineer – John McCullough, chief, Flight Director Office – John Vollmer, director of avionics and software for Boeing, NASA’s prime contractor for the station
  • U.S. media interested in participating in Texas should contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 26.

Marshall Space Flight Center 2 – 3 p.m.

  • Participants: – Lybrease Woodard, manager, Marshall Operations Directors Office – Annette Sledd, manager, Marshall Space Station Payloads Office – Bob Bagdigian, manager, Environmental Control and Life Support Development – Shawn Reagan, manager, Multipurpose Logistics Modules
  • Media interested in participating in Alabama should contact the Marshall Public and Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than noon Friday, Oct. 22. Media must report to the Redstone Visitor Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance.

NASA Headquarters 3 – 4 p.m.

  • Participants: – Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations Mission Directorate – Lynn Cline, deputy associate administrator for Space Operations Mission Directorate – Mark Uhran, assistant associate administrator for International Space Station – Mike Hawes, associate administrator for Independent Program and Cost Evaluation and former deputy associate administrator for International Space Station
  • Media interested in participating in Washington should contact call 202-358-1100 no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

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