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NASA Space Center Infinity Project Phase One Completed

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Story Number: NNS071228-04
Release Date: 12/28/2007 3:40:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Hulle, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 Public Affairs

JOHNSON STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- Crew members and executive staff from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74, with the members from Infinity at the Johnson C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi attended a ribbon cutting on Dec. 17.

The ceremony marks the completion of the first phase of construction of the NASA Space Center Infinity Project, a $45 million, 72,000 square foot building designed to increase the public literacy on science and inspire the next generation to become scientists and astronauts.

The center is a joint project between National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Infinity, a non-profit organization. Seabees from NMCB 74 contributed to the project by excavating 15 acres and building a three-acre storm water retention pond.

Equipment Operator 2nd Class Paul Johnson, NMCB 74 crew leader, said his team worked almost 500 man-days to complete their project.

John Wilson, Education Director Infinity at NASA Stennis Space Center, said NMCB 74 did an "excellent job" and the project "was a win-win situation."

The Space Center received labor and NMCB 74 had an opportunity to hone their technical skills between deployments. Johnson estimated NMCB 74's part of the project saved the Space Center over $150,000.

Wilson said the Space Science Center is scheduled for completion in 2010 and will be "very interactive," with computer screens that display the latest science news in two interactive galleries.

"The earth gallery helps folks understand physical science … how land, water, and the atmosphere interact to make life possible," he said.

The space gallery is designed to explore the idea of whether or not there are more unique planets able to support life like on earth, except on another planet. It will have a space habitat, satellite station and a large model of the solar system, which visitors can explore.

Now that the excavation part of the Stennis Project is complete, crew members from NMCB 74 are preparing for their upcoming deployment in support of the global war on terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom.

For more news from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcb74/.



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