Two NASA facilities border St. Tammany!
To our east, the John C. Stennis Space Center is its own 'federal city' about 15 miles past the Mississippi border. To our south, Michoud Assembly Facility is located 20 miles away in eastern New Orleans.
John C. Stennis Space Center
For more than four decades, the John C. Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi has served as NASA's rocket propulsion testing ground. Today, the center provides propulsion test services for NASA and for the Department of Defense, as well as the private sector.
As the nation's largest rocket engine testing facility, Stennis tests all the main engines for the space shuttle and will test the engines for NASA's Constellation Program, the nation's plan to return humans to the moon with eventual travel to Mars.
Michoud Assembly Facility
Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans is a world-class manufacturing facility providing vital support to NASA exploration and discovery missions. Michoud's capabilities include the manufacture and assembly of critical hardware components for the space shuttle and exploration vehicles under development at Marshall and other NASA field centers. Michoud is a NASA-owned facility managed by Marshall Space Flight Center.
Michoud is unique in that it contains one of the largest production buildings in the nation, which includes a vertical assembly building for stacking external tank components for the space shuttle program. Michoud supports several major projects for NASA’s Constellation Program, which is developing America’s next generation of space transportation vehicles. Michoud’s highly skilled workforce will manufacture and assemble the upper stage of the Ares I rocket, the core stage and Earth departure stage of the Ares V cargo rocket, and the Orion crew exploration vehicle, and will conduct final systems integration and checkout of Ares I avionics systems.