Media Accreditation Now Open For First Flight Of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has opened accreditation for media to attend the rollout of the agency’s Orion spacecraft to its Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch pad in mid-November, as well as Orion’s liftoff on its first flight targeted for Dec. 4.
U.S. media who wish to attend the rollout activities must submit a complete application by 4:30 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 3. International media without U.S. citizenship must apply for credentials no later than noon EDT Friday, Oct. 9.
U.S. media who wish to attend the launch activities must submit a complete application by 4:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 12. International media without U.S. citizenship must apply for credentials no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 31. International media without U.S. citizenship who do not wish to attend events at the Air Force Station must apply by 4:30 p.m. EST Nov. 12. Late credential submissions will result in limited access to launch activities.
Media must apply separately for the mid-November rollout activities and the Dec. 4 launch activities.
International journalists are required to submit a scanned copy of their “I” visa and passport. Green card holders must submit a scanned copy of their card. Scanned documents must be sent to Jennifer Horner at email@example.com for the credential request to be processed.
All media must present two current forms of legal, government identification to enter Kennedy. One form must be a photo ID, such as a passport or driver’s license.
All media accreditation requests must be submitted online at: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov.
Questions about accreditation should be addressed to Jennifer Horner by email or 321-867-6598 or 321-867-2468.
NASA also is inviting 150 social media users to apply for credentials for the Orion flight test launch at Kennedy. Social media users selected to attend the launch in Florida will be given access to a behind-the-scenes look at efforts to send Orion to space. All social media accreditation applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Registration for social media accreditation is open online. Registration for the NASA Social at Kennedy closes at 5 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Oct. 19.
For more information about NASA social media accreditation requirements and to register, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/social-orionflighttest-kennedy.
Orion is in the final stages of preparation for the uncrewed flight test that will take it 3,600 miles above Earth on a 4.5-hour mission to test many of the systems critical for future human missions into deep space. After two orbits, Orion will reenter Earth’s atmosphere at almost 20,000 miles per hour before its parachute system deploys to slow the spacecraft for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
On future missions, the Orion spacecraft will carry astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, including an asteroid and Mars. For more information about Orion, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/orion.