2009 Full of Activity at Stennis Space Center
Flames burst from the E-1 Test Stand as Stennis Space Center engineers perform one of dozens of shuttle gaseous hydrogen flow valve tests. Stennis engineers performed the tests after NASA officials delayed the launch of the STS-119 shuttle mission in February because of concerns with the valve.
Students of Xavier University Preparatory School in New Orleans watch clouds shift across the globe in real time on "Science on a Sphere" during a visit to StenniSphere, the visitor center at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center. Pictured are students (l to r) Ebony Johnson, Zhane Farbe, Ashante Snowton and Robriane Larry.
Work to erect 4 million pounds and 16 stages of fabricated structural steel at the A-3 Test Stand site at Stennis Space Center was completed in early April. The new stand is being built to test the J-2X rocket engine being developed to help carry humans back to the moon and possibly beyond.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (fourth from left) and Stennis Space Center Director Gene Goldman (fourth from right) were joined by other NASA and area officials to cut the ribbon on a new Emergency Operations Center facility in early June. The new center provides state-of-the-art emergency operations and response capabilities for Stennis.