May 6, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will commemorate the 40th anniversary of America's first space station
Monday, May 13
, with a televised roundtable discussion featuring Skylab astronauts, a current astronaut and agency managers planning future space missions.
The discussion, open to NASA employees and the public, will begin at
2:30 p.m. EDT
in the James Webb Auditorium of NASA Headquarters at 300 E St. SW in
. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
Participants will include:
, science pilot, Skylab 3
, commander, Skylab 4
, commander, International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 34
D. Marshall Porterfield
, director, Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division, NASA Headquarters
, director, Advanced Exploration Systems, NASA Headquarters
Media representatives who want to attend must call 202-358-1100 no later than noon
. Anyone unable to attend the event in-person may ask questions during the program via Twitter or Google+ using the hashtag #asknasa.
NASA launched Skylab on
May 14, 1973
. It was the nation's first foray into significant scientific research in microgravity. The three Skylab crews proved humans could live and work effectively for long durations in space. The knowledge gathered during Skylab helped inform development and construction of the International Space Station, just as the research and technology demonstrations being conducted aboard the ISS will help shape a new set of missions that will take Americans farther into the solar system.
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