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Coronavirus outbreak deals blow to NASA's return-to-moon plan by 2024

The space agency chief ordered the temporary closure of two rocket production facilities after an employee tested positive for the respiratory illness.

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement he was shutting down the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans

The outbreak dealt a blow to NASA’s plans to return Americans to the moon by 2024, as the space agency chief on Thursday ordered the temporary closure of two rocket production facilities after an employee tested positive for the respiratory illness.
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Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement he was shutting down the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and the Stennis Space Center in nearby Hancock County, Mississippi, due to a rise in cases in the region.

First Published: Fri, March 20 2020. 07:58 IST
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