Marshall space flight center address
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine today announced that the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will lead the agency’s Human Landing System Program for its return to the Moon by 2024.
Bridenstine made the announcement in front of the 149-foot-tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket liquid hydrogen tank structural test article currently being tested at NASA’s Alabama installation.
He was joined at the event by U.S. Reps. Mo Brooks and Robert Aderholt of Alabama and Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee.
“We greatly appreciate the support shown here today by our representatives in Congress for NASA’s Artemis program and America’s return to the Moon, where we will prepare for our greatest feat for humankind – putting astronauts on Mars,” Bridenstine said.
Illustration of a lunar lander on the Moon (Photo: NASA)
“We focus on a ‘One NASA’ integrated approach that uses the technical capabilities of many centers. Marshall has the right combination of expertise and experience to accomplish this critical piece of the mission.”
Informed by years of expertise in propulsion systems integration and technology development, engineers at Marshall will work with U.S. companies to rapidly develop, integrate, and demonstrate a human lunar landing system that can launch to the Gateway, pick up astronauts and ferry them between the Gateway and the surface of the Moon.
“Marshall Space Flight Center is the birthplace of America’s space program. It was Marshall scientists and engineers who designed, built, tested, and helped launch the giant Saturn V rocket that carried astronauts on the Apollo missions to the Moon,” Brooks said.
“Marshall has unique capabilities and expertise not found at other NASA centers. I’m pleased NASA has chosen Marshall to spearhead a key component of America’s return to the Moon and usher in the Artemis era.”
Huge announcement from @NASA Administrator @JimBridenstine – @NASA_Marshall will oversee & manage the agency’s lunar lander development program. This decision highlights the crucial role #MSFC plays in sending astronauts back to the Moon.
Aderholt said Marshall is the perfect pick to lead the Human Landing System Program.
“Marshall Space Flight Center, and North Alabama, have played a key role in every American human mission to space since the days of Mercury 7. I am proud that Marshall has been selected to be the lead for the landers program,” Aderholt said.
“I am also very proud that Marshall has designed and built the rocket system, the Space Launch System, which will make missions to the Moon and Mars possible. We look forward to working with our industry partners and our NASA partners from around the country.”
Byrne: Combating coronavirus misinformation
Although the COVID-19 coronavirus is dominating the news, it’s important to know the facts about the virus and the ongoing work to prevent its spread. I’d also like to dispel some misinformation regarding your government’s actions to fight it.
Despite what some fearmongers have said, the federal government has been preparing for a public health challenge such as this. In fact, according to the 2019 Global Health Security Index, the United States ranks number one in a “comprehensive assessment and benchmarking of health security and related capabilities across the 195 countries.” No country is better prepared than we are to deal with a challenge like this. And despite politically motivated accusations by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Republicans have increased funding to public health agencies. For example, since 2015, we have increased funding for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) by 24%, National Institutes of Health by 39% and infection disease response by a whopping 70%.
Just last week, Congress passed a coronavirus bill that provides over $8 billion in emergency funding. This package will speed the development of vaccines, increase access to testing and treatments, and expand access to telemedicine services so more people can see their doctor remotely — a trend that will continue to accelerate in the years to come. This bill will ensure the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Department of Homeland Security have the resources needed. If further action is needed, Congress stands ready to act quickly.
The Trump administration has also acted aggressively to protect Americans. I’ve been very disappointed in my colleagues who have used this opportunity to mislead and divide Americans. We must be better than that. Make no mistake, since day one, President Trump and his administration have made the safety, security, and health of the American people their top priority. The administration instituted travel restrictions for incoming flights from places like Iran and China, declared a public health emergency, and appointed Vice President Pence to lead the coronavirus task force. They have continued to host bipartisan briefings for members of Congress and called for health care providers across the county to ensure they are implementing their infection control procedures. And HHS is purchasing 500 million respirators over the next several months for the Strategic National Stockpile.
The risk to the average American remains low, but as testing continues, there are certain to be more cases. Most cases will be mild, but seniors, especially those with underlying health conditions, can be most at risk. The CDC says there is no need for Americans to change their day-to-day lives, but there is plenty that you can do to protect yourself. CDC’s website is the best source of information about prevention and treatment. Most importantly, avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. And you should know the warnings signs of fever, shortness of breath and a consistent cough.
Most importantly, there is no need to panic. If we all work together, we can continue to control this situation in the best interests of every American.
While this situation can and most certainly will change rapidly as more data and information becomes available, you can be assured that your government has prepared itself for this challenge and is doing all it can to continue prioritizing the health and safety of Americans and mitigate the spread of the virus. I will continue to monitor this situation and do all I can in Congress to work with the administration to take all necessary steps to ensure the well-being of the American people. We can all do our part by staying informed and practicing good hygiene.