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RICK GILBRECH — NASA Set to open a universe of wonder with New Rocket and Artemis Program

Ancient humans built the seven wonders of the world, only one of which stands today – the Great Pyramids of Giza. Since those ancient days, various lists have noted new human-engineered wonders, such as the Taj Mahal, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge and even the International Space Station. NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) perhaps will be found ...

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NASA Artemis Program and Stennis Space Center set the stage for testing in 2020

All eyes are on south Mississippi with this month’s delivery and installation of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s first core stage to Stennis Space Center for a milestone Green Run test series prior to its Artemis I flight. The Green Run testing will be the first top-to-bottom integrated testing of the stage’s systems prior to its maiden flight. The testing will ...

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Northrop Grumman expanding, adding 40 jobs in Iuka

Aerospace and defense leader Northrop Grumman Corp. is expanding in Iuka, investing $8.3 million and creating 40 jobs immediately. Northrop Grumman has more than 200 employees at its 320,000-square-foot Iuka facility producing large composite aerospace structures for its Antares, Pegasus and Minotaur launch vehicles and United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. Among other work, the company ...

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New Tenax Aerospace president impressed with Mississippi

By SUSAN MARQUEZ In the heart of Madison, there is a company that takes great pride in designing and executing cost-effective, customize special mission aviation programs that are unmatched in their quality, performance and scale. Tenax Aerospace works with government agencies and the private sector to procure, modify, maintain and manage aircraft. “We don’t fly people,” says Jason Dean, Tenax ...

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At Stennis Space Center, Angelica Baker has one of the coolest jobs in NASA

When Angelica Baker was young, her mother took her to a local library for preschool storytime. On that day, the library was hosting a NASA astronaut, who spoke to the children about space and even helped them try on a space suit. “I’ve wanted to be an astronaut ever since,” said Baker, who hails from Canton, Georgia. Now a resident ...

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Juan Rodriguez inspired to be part of NASA greatness

Juan E. Rodriguez is easily moved by events and situations. He feels chills every time singers hit the high notes of the national anthem. So, it is natural that his earliest space-related memory, the space shuttle Challenger tragedy in 1986, would make an impression on a young Rodriguez. “I recognized the impact that space and space travel had on the ...

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Timko ‘Proud and Blessed’ for Stennis Space Center experience

Cheryl Timko has a primarily “low-profile” position in NASA’s Stennis Space Center Office of Procurement, but she has a definite front-and-center presence when it comes to promoting cultural diversity and serving as a role model for young students. A native of Romulus, Michigan, Timko grew up in nearby Plymouth. Her earliest space-related memory dates to the Challenger tragedy in 1986, ...

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Employee continues life of ‘Firsts’ with Stennis work

Venetia Gonzales had never been to NASA’s Stennis Space Center prior to landing a job at the site. After all, she grew up in Simi Valley, California, a considerable distance from the coast of south Mississippi. She did not even visit Stennis when applying for the job – her hiring interview was conducted via Skype when Gonzales was working as ...

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3-D printers can work while you sleep

By BECKY GILLETTE For a long time, there seemed to be more hype around 3-D printers than there were practical applications. But now exciting things are being done by 3-D printers in Mississippi, including plans by Relativity Space at the Stennis Space Center to build an autonomous rocket factory. Duane McLemore, an assistant professor at the Mississippi State University College ...

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Pearl River receives $2 million grant for Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy

The Department of Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced Oct. 4 that Pearl River Community College will be awarded a $2 million grant for use in the construction of a new Aviation and Aerospace Workforce Academy at the Stennis International Airport. The grant will be matched with more than $3.9 million in state and local investments and is expected to help ...

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