Marshall Spaceflight Center
US Space & Rocket Center Museum
NASA's Lead Centre for:
• Space Transportation Systems Development
• Microgravity Research and Space product Development Programs
• Space Optics Manufacturing Technology
• manages the main rocket engines, external fuel tank and solid-fuel boosters for the Space Shuttle program;
• in partnership with industry, manages the development and testing of the X-33, X-34, and X-37 technology demonstrators, demonstration technologies needed for a next generation reusable launch vehicle;
• conducts science research in materials, biotechnology, global hydrology and climate, and astrophysics;
• supports development of the International Space Station with flight hardware
and manages the payload operations for all science aboard the Space Station; and
• manages continuing operations of the highly successful Chandra X-ray Observatory currently in Earth orbit.
Under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun, the Marshall Center created the Saturn rockets that took the
US to the moon.