NASA's 10th administrator Sean O'Keefe caught Stennis workers in action doing the job they're famous for - test firing and flight certifying the engines that rockets the Space Shuttles into orbit.
"I'm just delighted to be here with you sir to see what an incredible impressive facility and infrastructure this is here at Stennis Space Center," O'Keefe said.
O'Keefe has spent the last two months touring NASA facilities across the nation. He says he sees a bright future for Stennis. As NASA look for ways to cut the time and cost of space travel, new engineers will likely be tested here in Mississippi.
"With that I see a tremendous future ahead for the opportunity to look at different technologies different power generations means that should keep the activities here very aggressively employed over the course of the time to come as we broach those next set of technology challenges."
Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott echoed those words and told the news media assets at Stennis could be used to help in the Presidents home land defense program, specifically in fighting biological terrorism.
"It makes common sense with all of the capabilities we have here, the scientists and the technology, the computers have part of the work that would be done to prepare for bio terrorism threats of the future would be done right here at the Stennis Space Center," Lott said.