Johnson Space Center

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.

NASA Names Acting International Space Station Program Manager

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 12:30am

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kathy Lueders, NASA's associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, has named Joel Montalbano as acting manager of the International Space Station Program.

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  • WASHINGTON, June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kathy Lueders, NASA's associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, has named Joel Montalbano as acting manager of the International Space Station Program.
  • "The relationships he has fostered within NASA, and with our international and commercial partners, have made the International Space Station a model for the incredible achievements possible through global cooperation.
  • Prior to becoming deputy program manager, Montalbano was the director of NASA's Human Space Flight Program in Russia from 2008 to 2012.
  • "The International Space Station is a cornerstone of world human spaceflight, forging global partnerships and proving that permanent human residency in space is possible," said Mark Geyer, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, which is home to the space station program office.

Jacobs Awarded Contract Extension at NASA Johnson Space Center

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 12:45pm

DALLAS, May 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacobs (NYSE:J) was awarded an extension to the Johnson Space Center Engineering, Technology and Science (JETS) contract at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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  • DALLAS, May 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacobs (NYSE:J) was awarded an extension to the Johnson Space Center Engineering, Technology and Science (JETS) contract at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
  • The contract extension represents a two-year option covering the period of performance from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2022.
  • The maximum value of the contract extension is $478,400,000, which increases the NTE contract value to $1,934,700,000.
  • "As NASA's largest services provider, Jacobs welcomes the opportunity to continue our nearly 20-year relationship with the Johnson Space Center," said Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions Senior Vice President Steve Arnette.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Partners with TPG, Plans Expansion of Accountable Care Model

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 2:00pm
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  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200121005291/en/
    The partnership provides Kelsey-Seybold with additional capital and strategic expertise to help accelerate the growth and expansion of its Accountable Care Organization and care delivery model to more geographic locations and partners in the Greater Houston area.
  • The partnership with TPG Capital will further accelerate Kelsey-Seybolds growth strategy and increase access to Kelsey-Seybolds model of care across the region.
  • Kelsey-Seybold is a leading physician group with a demonstrated ability to provide comprehensive, personalized care at a lower total medical cost through its unique Accountable Care model.
  • Kelsey-Seybold has been responding to the increased demand for our Accountable Care Organization.

Apollo 16 Astronaut, Brigadier General Charles Duke Named 2020 TEXAN OF THE YEAR by Texas Legislative Conference

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 4:00pm

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, Dec. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Apollo 16 Astronaut and retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Charles Duke has been named the 2020 Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference, the well-known annual statewide policy and business forum that is marking its 54th year March 26-27, 2020.

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  • NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, Dec. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Apollo 16 Astronaut and retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Charles Duke has been named the 2020 Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference, the well-known annual statewide policy and business forum that is marking its 54th year March 26-27, 2020.
  • The event honoring Duke was held at Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center.
  • The Texas Legislative Conference is a nonpartisan organization of Texas business and political leaders who meet annually in New Braunfels to focus on public policy issues.
  • This year's topics include Census 2020: Impacts on Future Elections and Funding; The Role of Science in our Economy; Future Infrastructure Solutions for Texas.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Reaches Agreement with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Provider Group In-Network Beginning Jan. 1, 2020

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm

The agreement ensures that most BCBSTX members will be able to receive in-network care at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic locations in the Houston region starting Jan. 1, 2020.

Key Points: 
  • The agreement ensures that most BCBSTX members will be able to receive in-network care at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic locations in the Houston region starting Jan. 1, 2020.
  • "The contract reflects our mutual commitment to meeting the needs of our members and their patients.
  • Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
  • Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center.

NASA Johnson Space Center to Assist BiVACOR Inc. with Artificial Heart System

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 8:19pm

HOUSTON, Sept. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --NASA Johnson Space Center will provide its unique, advanced risk-management services as part of a Space Act Agreement with BiVACOR Inc., Houston, in the company's efforts to improve the robustness and reliability of its Total Artificial Heart (TAH) system an implantable rotary bi-ventricular blood pump and associated external electronics.

Key Points: 
  • HOUSTON, Sept. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --NASA Johnson Space Center will provide its unique, advanced risk-management services as part of a Space Act Agreement with BiVACOR Inc., Houston, in the company's efforts to improve the robustness and reliability of its Total Artificial Heart (TAH) system an implantable rotary bi-ventricular blood pump and associated external electronics.
  • News media are invited to the agreement's signing ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday Oct. 1, 2019 at the Gilruth Center (Discovery Room) off Space Center Boulevard adjacent to Johnson Space Center.
  • Media wishing to attend should arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. at the Gilruth Center via Space Center Boulevard near the intersection of NASA Parkway.
  • The agreement with BiVACOR could have a significant impact on the medical community, by using NASA's expertise in risk and reliability analysis.

NASA Invites Media to Economic Impact News Conference with Texas Comptroller's Office

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:56pm

HOUSTON, Sept. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --NASA will host officials of the Texas Comptroller's Office and news media on Thursday, Sept. 12 as the Lone Star state announces a special economic impact report for the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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  • HOUSTON, Sept. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --NASA will host officials of the Texas Comptroller's Office and news media on Thursday, Sept. 12 as the Lone Star state announces a special economic impact report for the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
  • The report, "The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): A Texas Institution with a Large Economic Impact," highlights employment numbers, average wages, gross domestic product, and grants that NASA introduces to the state.
  • The report also details the center and its workforce's influences on education, tourism and future growth, particularly in the Gulf Coast region.
  • View the upcoming economic impact report and get more information on the Texas Comptroller's office at:

NASA's Johnson Space Center Celebrates Apollo 50th Anniversary in Houston

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 8:25pm

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing , the historic mission that continues to inspire future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond, Johnson Space Center will participate in a variety of Houston community events.

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  • WASHINGTON, July 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing , the historic mission that continues to inspire future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond, Johnson Space Center will participate in a variety of Houston community events.
  • Visitors to NASA will be able to experience the restored control room -- beginning July 1 as part of regular tours provided by the official visitor center, Space Center Houston.
  • "Our goal 50 years ago was to prove we could land humans on the Moon and return them safely to Earth," said Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer.
  • NASA will hold an outreach event with families and fans during the Houston Dynamo game in celebration of the Apollo 50th Anniversary.

NASA Invites Media to Johnson Space Center's Apollo 50th Celebration

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 5:15pm

"This is an opportunity for our current team of dedicated men and womento celebrate the great accomplishments of Apollo 11," said Johnson's Director Mark Geyer.

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  • "This is an opportunity for our current team of dedicated men and womento celebrate the great accomplishments of Apollo 11," said Johnson's Director Mark Geyer.
  • 11:45 a.m.: Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer will speak in front of Building 1, and honor Apollo alumni in attendance.
  • The center's civil service and contractor employees planned, trained and executed Gemini, Apollo, Apollo/Soyuz, Skylab and Space Shuttle missions.
  • NASA and international partner astronauts train at Johnson, as well as astronauts preparing to fly on Commercial Crew Program vehicles provided by SpaceX and Boeing.