Tuesday, July 14, 2009

NASA Holding "Open" Meetings on Manned Space Flight

Open in the sense that they've invited the media.
WASHINGTON -- The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee will hold three public meetings July 28-30. The meetings are open to news media representatives. No registration is required, but seating is limited to location capacity.

The first meeting will be July 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd. in League City, Texas. Agenda topics include NASA's Johnson Space Center operations, NASA's Constellation program, committee sub-group reports and public comments.

The second session will be July 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT at the Davidson/U.S. Space and Rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, in Huntsville, Ala. Agenda topics include NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center operations, committee sub-group reports, NASA's Constellation program and public comments.

The third public session will be July 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Grand Ballroom, 1550 North Atlantic Avenue, in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Agenda topics will include NASA's Kennedy Space Center operations, committee sub-group reports, NASA's Constellation program and public comments.

Following each meeting, committee chairman Norman Augustine will be available to answer questions from reporters. NASA Television will carry the meetings and news conferences live on the agency's media channel. The events also can be viewed on the agency's Web site.
Note that they're not requiring pre-registration by the press, so they might not be checking press credentials.

Space flight fanatics in the areas should make an effort to show up at the meeting, and raise some hell! Smuggle in some banners saying things like, "Space Now!", "Space Means American Jobs!", "We choose to go to the Moon!", etc., and you'll probably get the mainstream media to broadcast clips of the meeting on their nightly news segments. (Since that will be far more interesting than the dry discussion which doubtless would occur otherwise.) Even if you can't in, raising hell outside of the meeting will get media attention. The higher the profile of the committee in the public perception, the better chance we have of getting a decent space program again.

The louder and more enthusiastic folks are, the greater the chance that the media will pick up on it. Be creative, be noisy, but most of all, be there!

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