February 9, 2012

NASA Officials to Discuss Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will brief reporters about the agency's fiscal year 2013 budget at 2 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 13. The news conference will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, located at 300 E St. SW, in Washington.

NASA Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson will join Bolden. The news conference will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. Questions will be taken from news media representatives at headquarters and NASA field centers.

For the first time, NASA is inviting 20 of its Twitter followers to join reporters for the budget news conference. Tweeps interested in being a part of this event and asking questions can sign-up online. Registration will be open for 24 hours beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Selected participants will be notified on Friday, Feb. 10.

During the news conference, NASA also will take as many questions as possible submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA.

To register for the NASA Budget Tweetup and for more information about NASA Tweetups, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/tweetup

To watch the budget news conference online, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

The NASA budget and supporting information will be available online at 1 p.m., Feb. 13, at: http://www.nasa.gov/budget

After the overview briefing on NASA's fiscal year 2013 budget, the associate administrators of the mission directorates and NASA's chief technologist will hold individual teleconferences to discuss the budget's impact on their specific areas.

To join the teleconferences, reporters should call 800-369-6087 or 773-756-0843. The call leaders name is Dave Steitz. Organization call times are (all times Eastern):

3:30 p.m. - Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, passcode: HEO
4:30 p.m. - Science Mission Directorate, passcode: SCIENCE
5:15 p.m. - Office of the Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Program, passcode: TECHNOLOGY
6 p.m. - Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, passcode: AERONAUTICS

Each teleconference is scheduled to last 30 minutes. Reporters may join the teleconference of their choice by calling in and using the passcodes listed above.

Live audio of the budget teleconferences will stream online at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio