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Von Braun was named its director. The MSFC also developed the Saturn V rocket, which lifted America’s astronauts to the moon during the Apollo program. S. Space and Rocket Center was established in Huntsville. It became one of the most modern museums in the world, with 60 hands-on exhibits. Also, a Space Camp was established, where youth could discover what it takes to become an astronaut. As of 2007 the army maintained training facilities for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other allied military personnel at the Redstone Arsenal.
After the Soviet Union launched the first satellite into orbit in 1957, the United States scrambled to find a vehicle for the American Explorer I. It found one in Huntsville’s Jupiter C. On January 31, 1958, the satellite launching was a success, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was founded. In 1960 Redstone Arsenal was named Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) after Gen. George C. Marshall. Von Braun was named its director. The MSFC also developed the Saturn V rocket, which lifted America’s astronauts to the moon during the Apollo program.
The 100,000 square foot center focuses on both research and treatment. By 2008, the USAMCI will represent a total investment of $125 million, including the USAMCI building, a $75 million investment in construction and equipment. The Center is named for Mobile’s Mitchell family. The Mitchells made a $22 million gift to the University of South Alabama to support the Institute in 2006. In 2001 Ipsco Inc. completed construction of a new plate mill in Mobile County. 25 million tons of steel annually and employs 450 people.
Cities of the United States, Sixth Edition, Four Volume Set by Kristy A. Harper (Editor)