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NASA Names Joel Montalbano International Space Station Program Manager

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 12:30am

"We look forward to seeing Joel continue to make great contributions to the International Space Station and know he'll do a great job leading the program."

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  • "We look forward to seeing Joel continue to make great contributions to the International Space Station and know he'll do a great job leading the program."
  • Montalbano had served as deputy program manager for NASA's space station program since 2012, a role in which he shared responsibility with the program manager for day-to-day management, working across organizations and with NASA centers, other government agencies, and partners to ensure seamless and efficient space station integration.
  • "The International Space Station has allowed us to accelerate the power of a space economy in low-Earth orbit throughout the past 20 years," said Mark Geyer, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, which is home to the space station program office.
  • "It is an honor to be named as the International Space Station Program Manager," Montalbano said.

Kathy Lueders Selected to Lead NASA's Human Spaceflight Office

Friday, June 12, 2020 - 5:40pm

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Friday selected Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders to be the agency's next associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate.

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  • WASHINGTON, June 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Friday selected Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders to be the agency's next associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate.
  • She went to Kennedy as acting Commercial Crew Program Manager in 2013 and was selected as the head of the office in 2014.
  • We have our sights set on the Moon and even deeper into space, and Kathy is going to help lead us there."
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BWXT Names Robb A. LeMasters to New Position of Chief Strategy Officer

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT) today announced that Robb A. LeMasters has been appointed senior vice president and chief strategy officer, effective July 13, 2020.

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  • BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT) today announced that Robb A. LeMasters has been appointed senior vice president and chief strategy officer, effective July 13, 2020.
  • In this new role, LeMasters will be responsible for driving BWXTs overall corporate strategy for growth in its various national security, clean energy, environmental remediation, nuclear medicine and space exploration markets.
  • We are exceptionally pleased to add someone of Robbs caliber to our executive leadership team, said Rex Geveden, BWXTs president and chief executive officer.
  • Robb has been instrumental in helping our company unlock shareholder value through his role as a director of the corporation over the last half decade.

Maine Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts Aboard Space Station

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 7:38pm

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Students from Maine will have an opportunity next week to talk with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station who have special ties to the Pine Tree State.

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  • WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Students from Maine will have an opportunity next week to talk with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station who have special ties to the Pine Tree State.
  • NASA astronauts Christopher Cassidy and Jessica Meir will respond to questions recorded by students from across the state.
  • The Challenger Center of Maine is also sending well-wishes from Maine locals to Cassidy regarding his launch to the space station.
  • Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Statement from President and CEO Rex Geveden on BWXT’s Ongoing Operations

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 11:45am

BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT) today released a statement from President and Chief Executive Officer Rex Geveden regarding BWXTs response to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

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  • BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT) today released a statement from President and Chief Executive Officer Rex Geveden regarding BWXTs response to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.
  • The global pandemic is an extraordinary and unprecedented situation for our business and our employees, said Geveden.
  • We have been acutely focused on protecting the health and safety of our employees.
  • In addition, BWXT joint ventures provide management and operations at more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities.

NASA Selects Early-Stage Technology Concepts for New, Continued Study

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 8:23pm

The program, which invests in early-stage technology ideas from NASA, industry and academic researchers across the country, has selected 23 potentially revolutionary concepts with a total award value of $7 million.

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  • The program, which invests in early-stage technology ideas from NASA, industry and academic researchers across the country, has selected 23 potentially revolutionary concepts with a total award value of $7 million.
  • A mission concept to image Earth-like planets outside of the solar system was selected for a Phase III study.
  • The selected Phase I and II studies will explore the overall viability of a technology and develop them into mission concepts.
  • Phase III is designed to strategically transition NIAC concepts with the highest potential impact for NASA other government agencies or commercial partners.

New NASA Podcast Helps Listeners Explore Our 'Curious Universe'

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 7:11pm

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --NASA's newest podcast is taking listeners on an adventure to explore the wonders of Earth and help unravel the mysteries of the universe.

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  • WASHINGTON, April 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --NASA's newest podcast is taking listeners on an adventure to explore the wonders of Earth and help unravel the mysteries of the universe.
  • Each episode is an invitation to an adventure with a NASA expert, such as astronaut Nick Hague and astrophysicist Michelle Thaller .
  • Listeners will traverse the Amazon rainforest, dive into an astronaut training pool, and peer inside a lab where "space crafters" sew for NASA missions.
  • NASA's Curious Universe is the latest addition to NASA's podcast portfolio, which includes Houston, We Have a Podcast , On a Mission and Gravity Assist ,among others.

Governor General Launches New Online Platform: Caring Nation

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 2:00pm

OTTAWA, April 3, 2020 /CNW/ -Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has launched a new online platform called Caring Nation and we want to hear from you!

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  • OTTAWA, April 3, 2020 /CNW/ -Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has launched a new online platform called Caring Nation and we want to hear from you!
  • Canadians across the countryhave adapted to this new reality, showing compassion, solidarity and ingenuity and we want to know how you are doing.
  • Someday, we will look back on these challenging times and realize that, by coming together, we emerged stronger as a nation.
  • For more information about Caring Nation or to request an interview, contact the Rideau Hall Press Office.

NASA Administrator Statement on Apollo Astronaut Al Worden

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 7:24pm

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of Apollo 15 astronaut Alfred "Al" Worden:

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  • WASHINGTON, March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of Apollo 15 astronaut Alfred "Al" Worden:
    "NASA sends its condolences to the family and loved ones of Apollo astronaut Al Worden, an astronaut whose achievements in space and on Earth will not be forgotten.
  • "A Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Worden was a test pilot and instructor before joining NASA as an astronaut in 1966.
  • He flew to the Moon as command module pilot aboard Apollo 15.
  • "Later in his career, Worden became Senior Aerospace Scientist at NASA'sAmes Research Center in California.

NASA Administrator Statement on Agency Coronavirus Status

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 11:08pm

We recently received confirmation that an employee at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama has tested positive for COVID-19.

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  • We recently received confirmation that an employee at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • "As I've told the NASA community, if you are performing mission-essential work on center,do not go to work if you feel sick.
  • "The vigilance our workforce has displayed in our response to coronavirus is remarkable and has placed our agency in a position of strength as we confront this national emergency.
  • We will get through this together and NASA will continue to accomplish amazing things for our country and all of humanity."