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Marshall Space Flight Center

Leslie Wickman, EVA (Extra Vehicular Activities) Specialist, in space suit after testing in the neutral buoyancy tank (NPS/HAER/Jet Lowe)
Leslie Wickman, EVA (Extra Vehicular Activities) Specialist, in space suit after testing in the neutral buoyancy tank. (NPS/HAER/Jet Lowe)
Putting a man in space was a landmark achievement. Now, many of the places that made that milestone possible have been designated National Historic Landmarks by the Secretary of Interior. A partnership between the National Park Service and NASA is documenting these historic facilities critical to the early days of space exploration. In summer 2006, the Historic American Engineering Record is documenting the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator facility at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Two other landmark sites were already surveyed – the Interim Test Stand (Mercury-Redstone rocket development) and the East Test Area (Jupiter and Saturn rocket development) – and another, the Saturn 5 Dynamic Test Stand will be documented in 2007.