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January 5, 2009

Paul Foerman, NASA Public Affairs
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
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Tylertown Native Chosen to Lead Stennis Project Directorate

Tylertown native Keith Brock has been chosen to head the Project Directorate at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center.

Brock succeeds Dave Carstens, who retired in 2008. Brock comes to the new position from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where he worked in the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office and on the Altair Lunar Lander Project. Prior to joining Marshall, Brock served as deputy director of the Program Development Directorate at Stennis.

"Stennis is where I began my NASA career 20 years ago," Brock said. "I have experienced many exceptional professional learning and growing opportunities at Stennis and made many friends along the way. I am looking forward to being a part of the Stennis family again and working with them as we continue this legacy that began with the Apollo Program."

The Project Directorate at Stennis is responsible for ensuring Stennis work aligns with NASA initiatives, for helping to extend and demonstrate the value of NASA investments in Earth science and for managing all propulsion test projects at the facility.

Stennis serves as NASA's primary rocket engine testing center. Established in the mid-1960s, Stennis has tested all the engines used in manned Apollo flights and all of the main engines used in more than 120 space shuttle missions. Stennis engineers now are conducting preliminary tests and preparing for full tests of engines for NASA's Constellation Program that will take astronauts back to the moon and possibly beyond.

For information about Stennis Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/.

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