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NASA Logo Returns to New Orleans Skyline at Mochoud Assembly Facility
Kim Newton
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

News release: 07-025

Repair of the NASA logo at Michoud Assembly Facility HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The NASA logo once more hangs on the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

The logo -- heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005 -- recently was re-installed on the building piece-by-piece after its repair hiatus.

NASA officially unveiled the new logo Feb. 2, during an employee ceremony at the Michoud facility. Several NASA senior managers attended the event, including Doug Cooke, deputy associate administrator for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate in Washington; Charles Chitwood, deputy director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.; and Sheila Cloud, transition director for Michoud at Marshall.

Cooke, Chitwood and Cloud thanked employees for their hard work and dedication, and assured the team of their continuing vital role supporting NASA's exploration mission objectives to return to the moon and travel to Mars and beyond.

"This team rallied together following Hurricane Katrina to help us, NASA, continue with the work at hand -- delivering the next space shuttle external tank on time," Chitwood said. "We are forever grateful to Michoud and its employees."

"The Michoud Assembly Facility is an important asset to NASA and to the success of the agency's programs and projects," Cloud said. "We salute the employees for the job they have done, and we will continue to help this team succeed with the external tank and with future work planned for this facility."

Cooke gave an overview of future work at Michoud, including activities supporting development of the Orion crew exploration vehicle, Ares launch vehicles and NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services project, a joint effort with private industry to develop alternate, cost-effective means of delivering payloads to low-Earth orbit and crew and cargo to the International Space Station. The work supports NASA's Constellation Program, responsible for developing the agency's next generation of crew exploration and launch vehicles and related systems and technologies for exploration of the solar system.

"Michoud has a rich history of achievement and proven expertise, Cooke said. "NASA will need this knowledge and skill to go the moon and beyond, and we are looking to Michoud to help us achieve these goals."

The Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans is managed by the Marshall Center. The facility's primary responsibility is for the design, manufacture and assembly of the shuttle’s external tank. Michoud includes one of the world’s largest manufacturing plants, with 43 acres under one roof, and a port with deep-water access, permitting transportation of large space systems and hardware.

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