- Associated Press - Sunday, October 22, 2017

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot is among the speakers scheduled to appear this week in Huntsville at a meeting on space exploration.

The 10th annual Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium is set to begin Wednesday. The two-day event named for the late German rocket engineer and NASA pioneer will be held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Lightfoot is scheduled to speak at the meeting, which will focus on advancing opportunities in space.

Other speakers include the director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Todd May. The manager of the program office overseeing NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, John Honeycutt, also will appear.

The Marshall center is overseeing development of the propulsion systems for the new rocket, called the Space Launch System.

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