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NASA chief announces Alabama facility as moon spacecraft headquarters


Added 08-16-19 04:10:01pm EST - “NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Friday said Marshall Space Flight Center i...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “NASA chief announces Alabama facility as moon spacecraft headquarters”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Friday said Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will serve as headquarters for the U.S. space agency’s program to build a spacecraft to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024.

Bridenstine made the announcement at the Alabama facility, accompanied by lawmakers from that state. The announcement, which means potential jobs and prestige for Alabama, disappointed lawmakers from Texas who had lobbied for a site in their state.

“That landing system is going to be led out of the Marshall Space Flight Center right here in Huntsville, Alabama,” Bridenstine said.

“Now, I will say this was not a decision that was made lightly,” Bridenstine added, explaining Marshall’s history building Apollo lunar spacecraft a half century ago.

Companies including billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Lockheed Martin Corp are developing different potential components of the lunar lander and will compete for NASA funds under competitive bids due to be solicited later in the year.

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