A spacecraft made its way into the halls of the state Capitol in Baton Rouge Wednesday, but don't worry, it was all part of NASA Day.
It was the first event of its kind, and aimed at celebrating the space agency's enduring presence and strong economic partnership with the state of Louisiana. NASA officials and team members from NASA'S Michoud facility in New Orleans met with state officials and the public, celebrating their accomplishments and the positive impact they've had in the bayou state.
One Director at NASA, Patrick Scheuemann, said the Michoud Facility is an incredible facility and has been a part of the NASA program since the start. Scheuemann said part of the Apollo vehicle was built there and then with the shuttle program the external tanks on that craft were built there and now they are gearing up to build one of the most powerful rockets in the world, the Space Launch System.
With a test flight scheduled for 2017, work on that space vehicle has already begun at the Michoud facility. NASA day at the Capitol will become an annual event.