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Memorial planned for Alabama workers with U.S. Space Program

Pat Duggins

A $1.5 million dollar monument is being planned to honor more than twenty thousand people who have worked with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The north Alabama facility helped paved the way to the Apollo manned moon program and the Space Shuttle. The Madison County Commission recently gave $50,000 toward the project. It is being organized by the NASA/Marshall Retirees Association and would recognize both government workers and contractors. The memorial would be located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center which serves as a visitor center for Marshall. Located at Redstone Arsenal, the NASA center was home to some of the earliest efforts to develop U.S. rockets. It played a key role in the Apollo lunar program. The same test stands that were used to conduct engine firings for Apollo are now used for motors on the new spacecraft built by Blue Origins.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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