Texas A&M to Build $200M Space Commission Facility
Now that the State of Texas has created the Texas Space Commission (TSC), it needed a place to go. The Texas A&M Regents approved $200 million for the facility to be built next to NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The new facility will house the TSC, the Space Consortium, the Texas Space Aeronautics and Curation Exploratorium (T-Space), and the A&M Space Institute.
It will have labs, shops, classrooms, meeting rooms, control rooms, and spaces for astromaterial curation for post-mission materials and sample research. The facility is also expected to house the world’s largest indoor extraterrestrial testbeds that emulate the Martian surface and lunar surface.
The bill passed by the Texas legislature and signed by the governor included $350 million for the TSC, with $150 million going to the Space Exploration and Aeronautics Research Fund and $200 million to A&M to build its new facility.
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