NASA has announced that the Johnson Space Center will host media and social media for "State of NASA" events on Monday, Feb. 10, the administration reported on Thursday. Johnson director, Mark Geyer, and NASA associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, Doug Loverro will serve as speakers at the event.
The White House has released Johnson Space Center’s expanded Fiscal Year 2021 budget, which will fund extensive technology development and innovative scientific research. During the event, the center will provide a media opportunity, social media tours and presentations to showcase Johnson's role in the agency's exploration goals.
Johnson will continue to transform human exploration of the solar system with new initiatives that include managing development and operation of key components in the agency's Artemis program. The program expects to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.
The event will also present NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine's live televised address to the agency's workforce at 12 p.m. CST. Bridenstine will be at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. At 4 p.m., NASA chief financial officer (CFO), Jeff DeWit will host a teleconference to brief media on the agency's FY 2021 budget proposal. Johnson will provide a location to participate in this briefing, which also will stream live on the agency's website.
Johnson Space Center continues to conduct research and expand new missions. The center has recently launched the Artemis mission to lunar samples, as the space agency plans locations on the Moon to explore, NASA reported in Oct. 2019.
The Lunar Exploration and Analysis Group announcement featured official statements on landing plans for Artemis 3, a manned lunar mission scheduled for 2024. The future mission may explore certain landing sites within the Moon's south polar region.
John Connolly, lunar surface systems lead at NASA's Johnson Space Center, said the lunar south pole may contain amounts of water ice within shadowed craters. Illuminated portions, on the other hand, may offer opportunities in solar power, he noted. Artemis 3 would last for almost a week on the moon based on current plans.
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