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April 1, 2010

Paul Foerman, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
(228) 688-1880

Stennis Hosts Community Events in Oxford Area

Representatives from NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center brought a slice of space exploration to the Powerhouse Community Arts and Cultural Center in Oxford, Miss., with activities and displays for a NASA Night in Your Neighborhood event March 29.

Stennis employees offered center visitors a presentation on living and working in space, as well as several educational activities and displays. Activities targeted for children included moon phasers and build-your-own rocket transportation games, as well as an astronaut ice cream tasting station.

Displays focused on the 40th anniversaries of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 lunar missions, the International Space Station, and various aspects of Stennis work. Visitors also were able to take photos in the astronaut suit display.

The following day, Stennis personnel also visited Lake Cormorant Elementary School in nearby Lake Cormorant for a "Living and Working in Space" presentation to students.

Stennis Space Center was established in the 1960s to test the huge Saturn V rocket engines used for Apollo moon missions. The south Mississippi center also has tested every space shuttle main engine used for 130 missions, and counting. The facility now is preparing to test the next generation of rocket engines to be used in the American space program.

In addition to rocket engine testing, Stennis scientists in the Applied Sciences office do work that focuses on Gulf of Mexico issues, such as coastal and wetland preservation. The center is a unique federal city that is home to more than 30 federal, state, academic and private organizations and numerous technology-based companies. Stennis is recognized as a historical aerospace site by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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

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