Leaders from six
The meeting, which is closed to the media, comes less than two months after NASA announced the Space Launch System, an Apollo-like rocket designed to eventually take astronauts to Mars.
It also coincides with Langley’s first Tweetup — 50 of its
Center directors will also tour Langley, though separately from the Twitter followers, Langley spokeswoman Kathy Barnstorff said. The directors will meet with some of the facility's 3,500 civil service and contract workers.
They also will watch a test drop of the
The work is the most visible aspect of Langley's involvement in the new rocket, which is scheduled for an unmanned flight in 2017. Based out of Johnson and Kennedy space centers, the program is expected to cost tens of billions of dollars.
NASA announced Space Launch System months after retiring the space shuttle program, which opponents said was draining the agency's budget.
"We haven't had such a sea change in NASA in a long time," Barnstorff said.