National Press Club

NPC Luncheon with Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator, NASA

NPC Luncheon with Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator, NASA

July 1, 2011 12:30 PM

Location: Ballroom

This event is RSVP only.

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. will address a National Press Club luncheon on July 1, one week before the final scheduled space shuttle launch. Discussing America's continued commitment to leadership in human spaceflight, Bolden will also speak about NASA's plans to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit.

Astronaut Mark Kelly, who commanded the last flight of the Endeavour shuttle and is the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be among the administrator's guests at the head table, along with NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver.

Bolden flew aboard the space shuttle four times between 1986 and 1994, twice as commander. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew.

Bolden also had a long career with the Marine Corps and was a member of NASA's Astronaut Office for 14 years.

The July 1 luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Administrator Bolden’s remarks will begin just after 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Advance reservations should be made through (202) 662-7501 or Luncheon admission is $18 for National Press Club members, $29 for their guests, and $36 for the general public.

The National Press Club is on the 13th floor, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Credentialed press may cover this event. To submit a question in advance, type BOLDEN in the subject line and email before 10 a.m. on July 1.

The luncheon program will be simulcast on C-SPAN and NASA Television and webcast live on Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook ( and Twitter (@PressClubDC).

Submit questions for speakers in advance and during the live event by sending them to @QNPCLunch on Twitter, or email a question in advance, with BOLDEN in the subject line, to before 10 a.m. on July 1.

Upcoming Luncheons:

June 13 -- Tom Vilsack, U.S. Agriculture Secretary

June 14 -- Brent Scowcroft, Fmr. National Security Adviser, Gerald R. Ford Foundation Journalism Awards

June 24 -- Sheila Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

June 30 -- Gary Sinise, Actor, The Gary Sinise Foundation