NASA’s Defunct Project Survives on Mississippi Pork

NASA will complete a $350 million tower to test rocket engines for a program that was canceled in 2010. The A-3 test stand will be finished early this year at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Its funding survived thanks to Senator Roger Wicker, a Republican from that state who supported the test stand’s completion even though NASA doesn’t need it.

Published Jan. 8, 2014

Sources: NASA, Bloomberg research. Photos: All images by NASA; test stand image by NASA, photo illustration by Bloomberg

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