News Published on May 6, 2022
National Space Day
Today we celebrate National Space Day and reflect on our community’s key part in building the future of space.
Dr. Wernher Von Braun and his rocket team arrived in 1950, and the arsenal became the center of Army missilery and Rocketry. NASA is created in 1958.
1961, President Kennedy sets the goal of being the first to land on the moon. The Saturn V Rocket program begins.
Redstone Aresenal continued through the Cold War to develop advanced weapon systems. In May 1974, all Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, which eventually evolved into today’s U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.
In 1988, a Congressionally mandated BRAC realigned the Test, Measurement and Diagnostics Equipment (TMDE) Center to Redstone and sparked a new era of growth.
The Space Shuttle program and the International Space Station, both with significant ties to MSFC, dominated NASA in the 1990s. The Hubble Space Telescope, developed at MSFC, was also launched.
2000s + Beyond
Huntsville continues to play a key part in the future of space as NASA’s Space Launch System will return to the moon and then Mars as we get further into mankind’s exploration of space.