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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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THE I-10 ROCKET REGION — To Stennis and beyond

» Boeing is building the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket in New Orleans, now Relativity will build 3D printed light launch vehicles 35 miles away at Stennis Space Center, Miss.   An intriguing cluster is growing along the Interstate 10 corridor between Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi. The Stennis-Michoud corridor in the near future will be where not one but ...

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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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Apollo 11 astronauts returning to launch pad 50 years later

Apollo 11’s astronauts are returning to the exact spot from where they flew to the moon 50 years ago. NASA has invited Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on Tuesday. They will mark the precise moment — 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 — that their Saturn V rocket departed on humanity’s first moon ...

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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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Relativity builds new autonomous rocket factory and expands testing facilities at Stennis Space Center

Aerospace company Relativity is expanding its rocket component production and rocket engine testing operations at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. The project is a $59-million corporate investment and will create 190 jobs, increasing employment at Relativity’s Stennis Space Center site to 200 workers. “Relativity‘s announcement today solidifies Hancock County’s position as a leader in commercial space activity and ...

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Stennis Space Center announces senior leadership changes

NASA has announced a pair of leadership changes at Stennis Space Center with John Bailey assuming the role of associate director following the retirement of Ken Human. Bailey, a native of Mobile, Alabama, and resident of Picayune, Mississippi, previously served as Stennis Engineering and Test Directorate director. He joined the NASA team at Stennis in 1999 after serving as a ...

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Rocket startup signs agreement with Stennis Space Center

By LISA MONTI The first-ever Commercial Space Launch Act (CSLA) agreement between NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County and a privately funded company has been announced by Tim Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Relativity Space, an orbital launch company. The Los Angeles-based Relativity has created the world’s largest metal 3D printer to print their own rockets, and ...

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NASA recognizes Stennis workers

The NASA Space Flight Awareness Program recently recognized several Mississippi employees at the Stennis Space Center with Honoree Awards for outstanding support of human spaceflight: Matt Ladner of Necaise is the facility demolition manager with NASA’s Center Operations Directorate at Stennis. Ladner was recognized for outstanding efforts in the electrical restoration of the B-2 Test Stand in preparation for testing ...

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