HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Forget reaching for the stars, NASA's next project will keep astronauts feet firmly grounded to Earth. This nearly-completed rocket engine testing facility in Mississippi, will, however, send taxpayers to the moon.
The space agency did not want the $350 million facility, and says it will likely never use it because an exploration program was canceled in 2010. But that didn't stop Congress, in particular, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, from forcing NASA to build it.
"There are some watchdogs that say this is a classic example of earmarking, and that there really is no need to for the tower to be constructed now," said Washington Times Reporter Phillip Swarts. "It's a waste of 350 million dollars."
So, why did Senator Wicker push for completion of the tower? For more, The Washington Times article can be found here