Alright, it may not be landing a man on the moon but its still a milestone for Virginia’s growing role in outer space exploration and commercialization.

Next month NASA will launch a car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) from Virginia’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island.

Virginia has been building its outer space program for many years. The Virginia Wallops Island Flight facility has been around longer than NASA. It is now one of the country’s leading outer space research outposts.

A lot of Virginians are looking forward to the state becoming a pioneer in this market. There have been more than 16,000 launches at Wallops. A lot more to come.

Virginia has a very rich shipbuilding and exploration history. To this day, Virginia employs more shipyard workers than any other state. So, why not the same for outer space someday?

Read more about the LADEE September launch here.

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