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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I get a job at Stennis Space Center?

Information on employment opportunities at Stennis Space Center can be found on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/about/jobs/index.html.

2. I understand Stennis Space Center has a visitor center, INFINITY Science Center. How do I get there?

INFINITY Science Center is located “next door” to the Mississippi Welcome Center on I-10 at Exit 2, just 48 miles west of Biloxi and 45 miles east of New Orleans.

3. What are the INFINITY hours of operation, and can I book a tour in advance for a large group?

INFINITY Science Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. except major holidays. Group tours may be booked by calling 228-533-9025, ext. 309, or emailing Vicki Bess at vicki.s.bess@nasa.gov. For special event information, contact Brian Alexander at brianalexander@visitinfinity.com or 228-533-9025, ext. 303. For more information visit http://www.visitinfinity.com.

4. How can I see a test firing of a rocket engine?

The public may view test firings of a rocket engine when they occur during the INFINITY Science Center's normal hours of operation. Public test fire viewings also are periodically scheduled and will be announced through local media and on the Stennis website. To find out if a test is scheduled to occur on a day when you would like to visit, call the INFINITY Science Center at 228-533-9025, ext. 309.

5. How can I obtain information from the Educator Resource Center?

For information concerning workshops or educational materials, call 1-800-237-1821 in Louisiana and Mississippi and select option 2, or (228) 688-2370.

6. How do I find out about environmental concerns?

Information on the Environmental Assurance Program at Stennis Space Center can be found by visiting: http://www.ssc.nasa.gov/environmental/.

7. How do I request a speaker for a private group or organization?

The Speakers Bureau at NASA Stennis Space Center can be reached by calling 1-800-237-1821 in Mississippi and Louisiana and select option 3, or (228) 688-3333.

8. How can I find out about having a NASA exhibit placed at a symposium or convention I am organizing?

The Outreach Coordinator at NASA Stennis Space Center can be reached by calling 1-800-237-1821 in Mississippi and Louisiana and select option 3, or (228) 688-3333.

9. How can I obtain photos of Stennis events, programs and activities?

Numerous photographs along with descriptions of them are available on the Stennis home page. Photos also are available on the Stennis Image Retrieval System website at: http://www.ssc.nasa.gov/sirs/.

10. How can I find information about NASA's new Space Launch System?

For information on NASA's plan to travel deeper into space than ever before, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/sls.

11. How do I get satellite information?

Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the NASA center responsible for satellite programs. It has information on satellite images, the Hubble Space Telescope space tracking and space debris. The phone number is (301) 286-5566.

12. Where can I find more technical information on NASA's research?

Requests for NASA technical publications and papers should be directed to:

NASA STI Help Desk
NASA Center for AeroSpace Information
7115 Standard Drive
Hanover, MD 21076-1320
Web site: http://www.sti.nasa.gov
E-mail: help@sti.nasa.gov
Telephone: 443-757-5802

13. Where can I get an individual picture of a particular astronaut?

Individual astronaut lithographs may be obtained by writing to:

Mail Code CB
Johnson Space Center
2101 NASA Road 1
Houston, TX 77058-3696
On-line portraits are also available by visiting the astronaut biography website at:

14. How can I become an astronaut?

Competition is extremely keen, with an average of more than 4,000 applicants for about 20 openings every 2 years. Astronaut recruiting occurs periodically. For more information, write to:

Astronaut Selection Office
NASA Johnson Space Center
Houston, TX 77058

15. Where can I get an address for Space Camp?

The U.S. Space Camp, Space Academy and Aviation Challenge are private programs in Alabama and Florida for children, adults and educators.

U.S. Space Camp/Space Academy and Aviation Challenge
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, Alabama 35807
1-800-63-SPACE or (205) 837-3400
Florida (321) 267-3184

Astro Camp at Stennis Space Center is a week-long day camp for children ages 7-12 during the summer months. Astro Camp is an exciting five-day mission for children with activities centered around a new theme each year. The camps are filled with hands-on activities that teach future astronauts and engineers the principles of rocketry. Campers build and launch real rockets! Astro Camp Saturday packs the same excitement as the week-long camps into one-day, themed missions during the school year. You can visit the web for more information on Astro Camp or call 1 (800) 237-1821 (Option 4) in Mississippi and Louisiana.

16. Where can I get NASA's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations, a listing of NASA FOIA contacts and general information regarding FOIA?

Information on FOIA at Stennis Space Center is available at:

17. What is NASA's budget, and why not divert money spent on space exploration into social programs?

Information on NASA's budget can be found at: http://www.nasa.gov/news/budget/index.html.

18. How has NASA benefited the United States?

Information on spinoff technology resulting from NASA research can be found at: http://spinoff.nasa.gov/.

* The U.S. aerospace industry generates over $40 billion in annual exports and $30 billion in positive balance of trade each year.

* New industries have been built on space technology, including personal computers, advanced medical equipment, communications satellites, weather forecasting and natural resource mapping.

* NASA's high-technology research and development generates jobs, the demands for goods and services, and new technologies in the private sector.

* Many NASA technologies contribute to research in education, transportation, pollution control, rain forest protection and health care. For a sample of these see the NASA publication, Spinoff.