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The Human Race in Deep Space: Communicating NASA’s Next Frontier

May 30, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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1753 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
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For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a human spacecraft for deep-space missions that will usher in a new era of space exploration.

The Orion Spacecraft Program is a complex undertaking that requires streamlined communications efforts with government agencies and key stakeholders. The program is designed to meet the evolving needs of our nation’s deep space exploration program for decades to come.

How does this multi-billion-dollar project come together to advance NASA into the next frontier? What can you learn from NASA about preparing your organization for projects that depend more than ever on solid communication strategies?  

Barbara Zelonstrategic communications manager for the Orion Spacecraft Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, will join IABC Houston for our May professional development luncheon. Ms. Zelon will talk with us about her efforts to communicate a series of increasingly challenging missions, overcome obstacles and roadblocks that have challenged the program, and how this new spacecraft will modernize the space industry and take us farther than we’ve gone before, including to the vicinity of the moon and Mars.

About the Speaker

Barbara Zelon is currently strategic communications manager for the Orion Spacecraft Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Ms. Zelon came to NASA in 1998 as director of public affairs and has served as a strategic communications manager and advisor in the Safety, Technology Transfer, Space Flight Awareness and Advanced Planning Directorates.

Before joining NASA in 1998, she was director of communications and public relations for United Space Alliance, the prime contractor for NASA’s space shuttle operations. She served as president of Planet 10, a nonprofit organization established to generate educational products regarding the benefits of space exploration. Earlier, she was manager of communications and external affairs for Rockwell Space Operations Company in Houston.

Please note that refunds are issued only in the form of a credit toward a future IABC Monthly Luncheon.


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