Researchers developing advanced propulsion systems for missions to distant planets will soon have a new space.



Seeking to improve space travel while slashing its cost, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center began contruction of its Propulsion Research Laboratory — a 108,000 square foot facility on a 21-acre site in Huntsville, Ala. — with a groundbreaking ceremony today.



The laboratory, which should be completed by April 2004, will conduct research into solar energy, chemical propulsion, fission, fusion and antimatter.

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