January 21, 2012

Media Invited to Up Close Look at Engine Test Facilities for Next Deep Space Rocket

Media representatives are invited to NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Jan. 25 for a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities used for testing the J-2X engines that will launch astronauts on missions to deep space aboard the Space Launch System (SLS).

Journalists will have the opportunity to visit the:

-- Test Control Center that manages all J-2X test-firings
-- A-1 Test Stand where J-2X powerpack testing is set to begin soon
-- Engine Assembly Facility where final assembly of the J-2X is completed

NASA officials will brief media on the new SLS and J-2X engine, the process for preparing an engine for testing, and what takes place on the day of an engine test.

Participants include:

-- Tom Byrd, J-2X engine lead in the SLS Liquid Engines Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
-- Gary Benton, J-2X engine testing project manager at Stennis

To attend, media representatives must contact Rebecca Strecker at 228-688-3249 or [email protected] no later than noon CST on Jan. 24. News media must arrive no later than 9 a.m. on Jan. 25 to allow time for clearance and escort on site and must be wearing flat, closed-toe shoes.

For more information on the J-2X engine, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/j2x

For more information on the Space Launch System, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/sls