NASA administrator discusses updates on NASA at John C. Stennis Space Center

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy visited the Stennis Space Center today to meet with site leaders and tour test facilities.

This visit marks Nelson’s first trip to Stennis since he became NASA administrator in April.

Nelson and Melroy also toured the Aerojet rocketdyne engine assembly facility to learn about ongoing work to supply RS-25 engines for use on NASA’s space launch system rocket.

Followng the tour, guests were invited to view the dedication ceremony for the Fred Haise Test Stand, formerly the A-1 Test Stand. The new name is in honor of the Apollo 13 astronaut and Biloxi native.

The duo also highlighted the benefits both NASA and Stennis would receive under President Biden’s Build Back Better Act.

In this act, NASA would receive $1.1 billion with part of the funds going to repairs from Hurricane Ida. “This is an exciting point in our nation’s space history, and a lot of it is happening right here and happening right here in this facility at the Stennis Space Center.”

Nelson says the engines in Stennis will be the ones to send us back to the moon and eventually to Mars.

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