State of NASA
President Barack Obama unveiled his budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year today, including a $19 billion request for NASA. $156 million of those dollars will be put to work at Stennis.
Today, a gathering at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County was held as administrator Charles Bolden delivered a State of NASA speech at the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. During the broadcast, Bolden discussed plans for future exploration of Mars, among other goals.
As for Stennis, they plan on using the $156 million mainly for operation and maintenance of the base but also for a number of rocket testing like the RS-25 engine. Deputy Director of Stennis Space Center Randy Galloway said, “I’ve been lucky enough to go to about 30 shuttle launches but every time we light a rocket up here, it’s a special thing. We’re trying to make sure that it’s going to stay together because ultimately the thing is to put it on a rocket and send either people or parts into orbit.”
The year, Stennis Space Center will celebrate 50 years of testing rocket ships.