We are used to seeing NASA launch rockets into space. But sometimes the space agency conducts more dangerous experiments and even resorts to destruction – all for the sake of the future. On October 29, it focused on undermining the construction of the former administrative headquarters.
The Space Agency demolished the 4200 Building at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The YouTube channel of the Marshall Space Flight Center broadcast a live broadcast of the destruction. The preparation took more than half an hour. But the event itself happened in a matter of seconds (timeline 30:58 in the video), when several controlled explosions destroyed the building to the ground.
The clearing of the old building now creates space for a number of new, most modern facilities from which NASA will plan space missions in the future.
History of the Building 4200
The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center was founded in 1960 and covers about 4,450 hectares. It has about 6,000 employees and is one of the agency’s largest field centers. The Building 4200 was the administrative headquarters of the Marshall Space Flight Center from 1963 to 2020.
“NASA and its government and commercial partners have been solving the most difficult technical problems of space flight here for almost 60 years, starting with the groundbreaking Apollo missions to the Moon,” the agency reports.
Advanced engine development
Engineers, scientists and researchers of the Marshall Space Flight Center are working on a wide range of projects, creating and improving technologies in the fields of space transport and traffic, space environments and planetary landers, as well as engaged in important developments in complex space systems and scientific research.
The teams pay special attention to solid and liquid fuel engine technologies, as well as engage in advanced developments such as solar sails and a nuclear engine. The current work paves the way for the design of different types of spacecraft capable of carrying out a number of future missions.
“From the earliest test flights of Mercury and Redstone rockets, through the Saturn V missions and Space Shuttle Program, to the country’s next-generation flagship space vehicle, the Space Launch System, and the new Artemis Program to return human explorers to the Moon and send them on to Mars and beyond, Marshall has provided the development of every major propulsion system in NASA’s history,” the agency said.
Earlier, we reported on how NASA released data on incredibly high incomes.
According to NASA
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