With the landing of the Mars rover named “perseverance” earlier this year, public interest in the word “perseverance” skyrocketed. Because of the popularity, Cambridge Dictionary has chosen “perseverance” as the word of the year for 2021. “Perseverance” can be used to describe this year’s workforce activities at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, in keeping with the year’s theme.
Despite the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Stennis workforce persevered over the past year, allowing the Space Launch System (SLS) to progress toward its maiden launch, site teams to advance in propulsion test activities, commercial partners to reach new testing milestones, an autonomous systems team to advance in its cutting-edge work, and ASTROCAMP to reach beyond its traditional audiences. As commemorated the 60th anniversary of NASA’s announcement to create a test site in south Mississippi, the work served as a suitable testament for the year.
In the year 2021, Stennis was in the centre of public attention. As NASA’s new SLS rocket readied for its first flight, the entire world watched. The SLS core stage Green Run test series on Stennis‘ B-2 Test Stand concluded in March 2021, giving the world a glimpse of America’s new deep space rocket’s strength. The SLS will serve as the backbone of NASA’s Artemis programme.