Stennis Space Center


The Stennis Space Center (SSC) is one of ten NASA field centers in the U.S. and is NASA's primary center for testing and flight certifying rocket propulsion systems for the Space Shuttle and future generations of space vehicles. The high-performance, liquid-fueled Space Shuttle engines provide most of the total impulse needed during the shuttle's eight and one-half-minute-flight to orbit. All shuttle main engines must pass a series of test firings at SSC before being installed in the back of the orbiter.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Aerospace
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The StennIs Space Center is the largest user of liquid helium and oxygen in the world. Every astronaut who went to the moon or rode a space shuttle rode on engines from here.