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April 18, 2013

NASA shows off SLS, Astros at State Legislature

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A space shuttle engine was displayed in front of the Alabama Statehouse to illustrate the impact of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on the state.

Two members of the new astronaut class, Kate Rubins and Jack Fischer, answered questions during NASA Day at the Legislature Thursday. They spoke about development of the Space Launch System — the largest, most advanced rocket ever designed.

Work on the SLS, meant to take people into deep space, takes place in Huntsville. Patrick Scheuermann, director of the center, says the project is "on time and on budget."

The SLS is due to be moved to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in about four years. Scheuermann also told Legislators that work done at MSFC provides technology to agricultural and estuary interests in southern Alabama.

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