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GEORGE C. MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER

GEORGE C. MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER

The Marshall Space Flight Center is located on 1,800 acres inside the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. In the past, the center has been identified most often as NASA's launch vehicle development center. While this accurately describes part of the center's activities, it does not tell the whole story. Today, the center is a multiproject management, scientific and engineering establishment, with much more emphasis on projects involving scientific investigation and the application of space technology to the solution of problems on Earth. This is the center's new image, one that will be reflected in the projects of the future.

The Marshall Space Flight Center is responsible for the space shuttle main engines, the external tank and the solid rocket boosters. It is also responsible for Spacelab, the reusable, modular scientific research facility that is carried in the payload bay of the orbiter, and managing Spacelab missions. Marshall also has management responsibility for the Hubble Space Telescope, tethered satellite system and orbital maneuvering vehicle and has a substantial role in the development of the space station.

Two other sites are managed by Marshall: the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., which manufactures the shuttle external tank, and the Slidell Computer Complex in Slidell, La., which provides computer services to the Michoud facility.

The Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International in Canoga Park, Calif., is responsible to the Marshall Space Flight Center for the design, development, manufacture, test and assembly of the space shuttle main engines. The Rocketdyne facility at Santa Susana, Calif., is also used for the space shuttle main engines.

Martin Marietta is responsible to Marshall and uses the Michoud facility at New Orleans for the design, development, manufacture, test and assembly of the external tank.

Morton Thiokol's Wastach Division at Brigham City, Utah, is responsible to Marshall for the design, development, test and assembly of the solid rocket booster motors. After each shuttle mission the solid rocket booster motor casings are recovered and returned to Thiokol's Wastach Division for refurbishment.

United Space Boosters Inc. Production Company in Florida is responsible to Marshall for solid rocket booster assembly, checkout and refurbishment involving non-solid-rocket-motor components and for solid rocket motor integration.

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