February 10, 2012

Next NASA Future Forum with John Glenn at Ohio State Feb. 20-21

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Sen. John Glenn will discuss NASA's past, present and future during a NASA Future Forum at Ohio State University in Columbus on Feb. 20-21. The forum coincides with the 50th anniversary of Glenn's historic Friendship 7 space flight.

Glenn will join space agency officials, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State students, astronauts, technologists, scientists, and engineers to discuss the role NASA will play in advancing innovation, technology, science, engineering, education and the economy that benefits Ohio and the nation.

The program will feature panel discussions on the importance of education to our nation's future in space, the benefit of commercialized space technology to our economy and lives here on Earth, and the shifting roles for the public, commercial and international communities in space.

Media representatives interested in attending the forum must contact David Steitz for credentials at dav[email protected] or 202-358-1730 by 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 16. The forum is open to the public, but registration has reached capacity and is closed.

Social media users can participate in the forum via Twitter using the hashtag: #NASAFuture. During the event, Tweeps can submit questions by including @NASA_Technology in their tweet.

All forum events will be carried live on NASA Television and streamed on the Web at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

NASA Television will begin airing historic footage of John Glenn's Friendship 7 flight and b-roll and produced video featuring Glenn's fellow Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter on Feb. 15.

During the Ohio forum, NASA will post high-resolution still imagery of Sen. Glenn, panelists and events to the agency's news photo Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto

Ohio State University has produced a reporter multimedia resource website, featuring video sound bites from Sen. Glenn, at: http://go.osu.edu/mediaglenn

Reporters also are invited to tour NASA exhibits showcasing the latest space technologies, including a full-scale model of the Mars Science Lab and a model of the space station's Robonaut 2, on display at the university's student union Feb. 18-21.

For more about Ohio State University, visit: http://www.osu.edu

For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov