First Mission into the Proving Ground and a Step Closer to Mars

Conversation Date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PT (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET)

Launching from Kennedy Spaceport, Exploration Mission-1 or EM-1, is the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System rocket (SLS) and the Orion spacecraft demonstrating our commitment and capability to extend human existence to deep space and is the critical next in our journey to Mars.  Join Mission Manager Mike Sarafin, as he shares how this first Proving Ground mission will extend our existence past low Earth orbit and beyond the Moon.

Mike SarafinSpeaker: Mike Sarafin currently serves as the Mission Manager for Exploration Mission One (EM-1) at NASA Headquarters.  In this role he assures all aspects of mission preparation, Certification of Flight, mission management, launch operations, flight operations and recovery operations are executed in a safe and efficient manner.  During the operations phase of EM-1, he will serve as the Mission Management Team chairman. Prior to assuming his current post, Mr. Sarafin served as a NASA Flight Director from 2005 to 2015.  As a Flight Director he was responsible for overall safety and success during mission operations while overseeing human spaceflight operations from Mission Control in Houston, TX.  During his tenure he led Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Exploration (Orion) mission operations, including the maiden test flight of an uncrewed Orion spacecraft on the EFT-1 mission.


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