NASA 60th Anniversary Panel Discussion

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NASA Marshall Space Flight Center team members are invited to a panel discussion focusing on the agency’s 60th anniversary, Sept. 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Morris Auditorium. The theme will be “Sixty Years of Smoke and Fire: Igniting Human Space Exploration through Engine Testing at Marshall and Stennis.”

Panelists include former Marshall Center directors Robert Lightfoot Jr. and Patrick Scheuermann and NASA Space Launch System Program chief engineer Garry Lyles. The panel will be moderated by former Marshall Center acting director Gene Goldman.

Lightfoot served as NASA’s acting administrator from January 2017 through April 2018. Prior to being named acting administrator, he was NASA’s associate administrator, the agency’s highest-ranking civil servant, from 2012-17. From 2009-12, Lightfoot was director of the Marshall Center.

Scheuermann served as Marshall’s director from 2012-15, and was director of NASA’s Stennis Space Center from 2010-12. He was deputy director of Stennis from 2008-10.

Goldman, who will also moderate the event, served as Marshall’s deputy director from 2010-12 and was Marshall’s acting director from March 2012 to September 2012. From 2008-10, Goldman was director of Stennis.

Lyles currently serves as the SLS Program chief engineer at Marshall. His 42-year NASA career includes chief engineer of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Program and Advanced Space Transportation program manager.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed NASA’s founding legislation, the 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act, on July 29, 1958. NASA considers its birthday to be Oct. 1, the day the agency opened for business.

From 2018 through 2022, NASA is marking a series of important milestones – the 60th anniversary of the agency’s founding by Congress in 1958 and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions that put a dozen Americans on the Moon between July 1969 and December 1972. Marshall will celebrate its own 60thanniversary on July 1, 2020.

A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion. To submit a question, click here. The event will not be broadcast on NASA or Marshall TV.

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