Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is a major NASA field center located within the
boundaries of the US Army's Redstone
Arsenal, in Huntsville, Alabama, which is responsible for developing
new space launch vehicles and propulsion systems. Its programs focus on
research, technology, design, development, and integration of space transportation
and propulsion systems, including both reusable systems for Earth-to-orbit
applications and vehicles for orbital transfer and deep space transportation.
Marshall also carries out microgravity research and is the home of the Neutral
Buoyancy Simulator. The center was formed on July 1, 1960, by the transfer
of buildings and staff from what was then the Army
Ballistic Missile Agency. It subsequently played a central part in the
realization of the Jupiter C, Centaur, Skylab, and the Space
Shuttle programs, but is best known for its development of the Saturn class rockets used to launch Apollo.
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