On this day in Alabama history: Marshall Space Flight Center dedicated

On this day in Alabama history: Marshall Space Flight Center dedicated
President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mrs. George C. Marshall unveil the bronze bust of Gen. George C. Marshall during the dedication of the Marshall Space Flight Center on Sept. 8, 1960. (NASA)

Sept 8, 1960

On this day, then-President Eisenhower dedicated NASA’s new George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, which has played a pivotal role in the development and advancement of space exploration. An outgrowth of the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, Marshall is where founding director Wernher von Braun and his team developed the Saturn rockets that ultimately carried U.S. astronauts to the moon in 1969. The center is also integrally involved in experiments being carried out on the International Space Station and is playing a leading role in the development of NASA’s new Space Launch System, designed to expand astronaut-led exploration into deep space.

Learn more at Encyclopedia of Alabama or NASA.

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