For release: 07/02/02
Release #: 02-166
Marshall Center to break ground today on Propulsion Research Lab
Huntsville area media are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for NASA's new state-of-the-art Propulsion Research Laboratory, which is expected to usher in a new era of space propulsion technology research. The event will be held today on Redstone Arsenal.
What: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center breaks ground July 8 on its state-of-the-art Propulsion Research Laboratory, setting the stage for innovative space transportation research. The 108,000-square-foot facility, which will become home to cutting-edge research into new and innovative space transportation and propulsion technologies, is expected to be completed by April 2004.
Who: Center Director Art Stephenson, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, and U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer of Alabama's 5th Congressional District will speak and participate in the earth-turning ceremony. Also attending will be Loretta Spencer, mayor of Huntsville, and Jan Wells, mayor of Madison. Marshall Center guests will include Denny Kross, director of the Space Transportation Directorate which oversees propulsion research activities at the Center and Dr. Stephen L. Rodgers, manager of the Propulsion Research Center, the Marshall research organization that will occupy the new laboratory facility.
When: Monday, July 8, 10 a.m. CDT
Where: Propulsion Research Laboratory construction site, south of the 4200 Marshall Center Headquarters complex, northeast of the intersection of Morris and Neal Roads on Redstone Arsenal
To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact the Marshall Media Relations Department at (256) 544-0034 no later than Friday, July 5, 2002. Media must report to Gate 1, Martin Road exit at South Memorial Parkway. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance.
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