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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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RICK GILBRECH — Stennis to play key role as NASA moves ‘Forward to the Moon’

On July 20, we recognized a pivotal moment in my life, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the Moon. It is one of the most extraordinary feats of humankind, an embodiment of ingenuity and desire for exploration. As a child of the Apollo generation, I know firsthand the excitement of the nation ...

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Bryant announces initiatives for Stennis Center

MBJ staff Gov. Phil Bryant announced on Monday two initiatives to attract space companies and strengthen the presence of the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. The center is a 14,000-acre complex surrounded by a 125,000-acre heavily wooded buffer zone. It’s where some of the most powerful rocket engines in the world have been tested, including first- and ...

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Stennis Space Center employee Murrah receives Silver Snoopy Award

Stennis Space Center employee Adam Murrah, a native of Starkville, Mississippi, and a resident of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, received NASA’s prestigious Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Silver Snoopy award June 19 during an onsite ceremony. Murrah is the cultural resources manager and the National Environmental Policy Act manager in the NASA Center Operations Directorate at Stennis. He was honored for ...

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