NASA, Maritime Administration Announce New Home For Liberty Star

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NASA, Maritime Administration Announce New Home For Liberty Star

WASHINGTON — NASA and a Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) sealed a chit of bargain Aug. 21 to send NASA’s plain rocket upholder liberation ship, M/V Liberty Star, to a National Defense Reserve Fleet for use as a training vessel during a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

“Liberty Star served NASA good during a Space Shuttle Program,” pronounced Robert Lightfoot, behaving associate director for NASA. “We know it will severely advantage a Kings Point midshipmen, and we’re unapproachable that Liberty Star will continue to offer a United States with distinction.”

With a finish of a Space Shuttle Program, a dual agencies worked together to safeguard Liberty Star could continue use as a training vessel for midshipmen during a Merchant Marine Academy. This agreement is jointly profitable for NASA and MARAD. This boat will offer as a training vessel during a academy, providing poignant businessman sea training value to Kings Point midshipmen as a vessel has energetic positioning, complicated towing capabilities and other facilities that will enhance training opportunities. NASA will continue to have entrance to Liberty Star if a group requires a use and it is available.

“This agreement is a win-win for both Kings Point and NASA,” pronounced Maritime Administrator David Matsuda. “The ship’s high tech apparatus and genuine universe capabilities closely counterpart what graduates will see entering a nautical work force.”

Liberty Star was launched in 1981 and served as one of dual liberation vessels for retrieving a space shuttle’s plain rocket boosters, that were jettisoned about 2 mins after launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA still is operative to brand a suitable new use for M/V Freedom Star, a other liberation ship.

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http://www.nasa.gov

For information about a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, visit:

http://www.usmma.edu/

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