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NASA says funding decision for test stand was faulty

HANCOCK COUNTY — Officials at NASA have admitted that they didn’t follow their own rules and agreements when the agency spent $352 million to refurbish a test stand in Mississippi when cheaper ones were available in Huntsville, Ala. and in California.

AL.com reported that although NASA officials say they didn’t follow their own rules, they made the right decision. NASA didn’t follow an agreement with the Department of Defense to share rocket facilities when possible to save tax money, according to a report issued by NASA Inspector General Paul Martin.

The agency is spending the money to upgrade the B-2 test stand at the John C. Stennis Center and Martin said that will be more expensive than the two existing options.

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