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NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan Available to Media at Johnson Space Center

HOUSTON, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan will be available to meet with local media at 4 p.m. CST Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Johnson Space Center, Houston.

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Stofan will discuss the effects of NASA Earth and space science research on the JSC community and how this research is a critical element in the agency's long-term science and exploration roadmap. This roadmap includes maximizing the International Space Station as a platform for groundbreaking Earth and space science research; plans to identify, redirect and send human explorers to an asteroid; optimize future deep space exploration vehicles to carry spacecraft to the outer solar system in half the time; and eventually to place the first human footsteps on Mars.

Media interested in attending should contact William Jeffs in JSC's Office of Communications and Public Affairs at 281-483-5111 or [email protected] no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 14.

A planetary scientist, Stofan became NASA's chief scientist in August 2013. As principal science advisor to the NASA administrator, she is responsible for maximizing a scientific portfolio that literally spans the universe. Her own research has covered the geology of Earth, Venus, Mars and Titan.

For additional information about Stofan, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/ocs/stofan_bio.html

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http://www.nasa.gov

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