NASA has decided that it will manufacture the lunar lander at Alabama. This vehicle will help astronauts reschedule moon visit in 2024. Rocket City is the destination where this spacecraft will be built. The announcement was made by NASA on August 16, 2019.
The development for this moon lander is in the hands of Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). This institute is located at Huntsville and is a part of NASA. The mission to take astronauts to moon is known as Artemis. The other name for Huntsville is Rocket City. This is because the place has manufactured several rockets for NASA. MSFC is at present involved in building the huge rocket cum Space Launch System, which is supposed to launch the Artemis mission.
Jim Bridenstine, the administrator for NASA has informed that Huntsville is chosen because of its extensive experience in building propulsive spacecrafts. This is an important factor for the present mission to ensure that the landings and the liftoffs take place safely. While presenting this speech, Bridenstine was standing in front of a 149-feet talk testing structure for the Space Launch System. When this structure will be assembled it will rise to 322 feet.
The local researchers of MSFC were happy with this announcement. On the other hand, the Texas lawmakers insisted NASA to give this contract to Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston. Represented by Brian Babin, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, the senators of Texas wrote to Bridenstine the reasons why JSC should get the assignment of building the lunar lander. Currently, Johnson Space Center leads the human space flight program of NASA.
When asked about this controversy, Bridenstine informed every NASA Center has an important role to play in this mission. The Artemis project is expected to create 360 jobs out of which 140 jobs will be at Alabama.
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