All sessions will be on-the-record and may be video- or audio-recorded by accredited journalists, provided symposium proceedings are not disrupted. A press room and mult-box will be available on-site. Interviews may be conducted after all sessions conclude at the speakers’ individual discretion.
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Media Credentials, Inquiries
All media must register for a badge to attend symposium sessions and the reception. Reporters, producers and photojournalists with valid media credentials are encouraged to pre-register via email with their name, news affiliation, title and phone number to Suraiya Farukhi ([email protected]; (410) 740-6224) by 5:00 pm Friday, April 18. All media requests received after this deadline will be handled onsite at the symposium on Tuesday, April 23. Both pre-registered and onsite registrants must provide a business card, press pass or equivalent identification at the media registration desk the day of the symposium. Registration for press is complimentary.
In 1969, at the request of NASA and other federal policymakers, NAS established USRA as an independent, nonprofit bridge for scholars and scientists to study samples of lunar rock and soil collected by Apollo astronauts. Now – 50 years later – USRA’s mission encompasses far broader space- and aeronautics-related sciences exploration through leading-edge research, technology and education programs; space and aeronautics policy formation; and the operation and management of world-class facilities and initiatives through a consortium of 110 universities, the private sector and federal and foreign governments.
USRA’s contributions over a half century touch nearly every aspect of space science, research and development and education – from biomedicine and astrophysics to space technology, facility management and operations, and education. By partnering with NASA, academic institutions worldwide, and industry, USRA has enabled the study of the universe from airborne, ground-based and orbiting observatories as well as from space-based platforms. Its scientists and engineers have helped develop advanced technologies for complex spacecraft and human exploration into deep space. USRA’s operation of the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory with NASA and Google is also producing some of the most important discoveries of our time. USRA’s workforce development initiatives impact the entire education spectrum – from K-12 STEM and student internship programs at federal laboratories and USRA facilities to the management of NASA’s postdoctoral program.
More information about USRA and this symposium are available at newsroom.usra.edu
Suraiya Farukhi, Ph.D.
Director, External Communications
office: (410) 740-6224
cell: (443) 812-6945