Thomasville Native Helping Prepare for Future of Space Exploration
 
David Roberts stands in front of the A-2 Test Stand at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center.

David "Skip" Roberts stands in front of the A-2 Test Stand at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center. Roberts is lead mechanical engineer for the stand, which is being prepared for testing the next-generation J-2X rocket engine. Roberts, a Georgia native, began his career at NASA a decade ago after a University of South Alabama guidance counselor suggested he interview for an internship with the agency.