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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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Good for Texas Tour: NASA

September 12, 2019

NASA: A Texas Institution with a Large Economic Impact

(HOUSTON) — The Johnson Space Center (JSC) makes a $4.7 billion annual impact on the Texas economy and supports more than 52,000 jobs, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today in a visit to the NASA facility as part of his Good for Texas Tour. JSC currently operates three facilities in Texas covering nearly 1,700 acres. It’s the site of Mission Control, which manages manned space missions, including the International Space Station, and serves as training center for the agency’s 38 active astronauts and 11 astronaut candidates.

“NASA’s history is intertwined with Texas’ history, grit and can-do spirit, and NASA’s future in Texas will be crucial in building tomorrow’s Texas economy,” Hegar said. “JSC is an integral part of the Gulf Coast community, but the impacts of the center’s work can be found throughout the Lone Star State. In addition to the important contributions in aerospace and STEM-related sectors, JSC plays a critical role in fields as diverse as biomedical research, agriculture, education, tourism and a host of other business activities in Texas’ Gulf Coast and the state as a whole.”

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About the Tour

For more than 60 years, NASA has fueled scientific discovery, advanced human exploration and inspired a nation. While NASA has become synonymous for pushing the boundaries of human existence in space, in Texas its achievements have fueled the growth of the state economy.

NASA’s presence in Texas supports business activities and employment, contributes to higher education funding through research partnerships and drives tourism in the Gulf Coast. As NASA improves its deep-space technologies and cultivates partnerships to commercialize space, Texas is well-positioned to be a leader in a new space economy.

Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer

Johnson Space Center CFO Sid Schmidt

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell

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Rover concepts in Johnson Space Center Building 9, a space vehicle mockup facility and astronaut training center.

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Columbus laboratory module and Harmony utility module, part of the International Space Station mockup in Johnson Space Center Building 9, a space vehicle mockup facility and astronaut training center.

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Zarya cargo module, part of the International Space Station mockup in Johnson Space Center Building 9, a space vehicle mockup facility and astronaut training center.

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Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center Building.

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Control Room at Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center Building.

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Neutral buoyancy pool at the Sonny Carter Training Facility.

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Neutral buoyancy pool at the Sonny Carter Training Facility.

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Orion working module in Johnson Space Center Building 9, a space vehicle mockup facility and astronaut training center.

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Test version of the Orion spacecraft for recovery technique practice at the Sonny Carter Training Facility.

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Neutral buoyancy pool at the Sonny Carter Training Facility.

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NASA Economic Impact Facebook Infographic

NASA contributes more than $7.4 billion to the texas economy. Sources: NASA, Texas comptroller of public accounts, REMI

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Johnson Space Center Future Gateway Facebook Infographic

Johnson space center is leading the development of Gateway, a moon-orbiting outpost

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ISS R&D Facebook Infographic

More than 50 companies are currently conduction research and development at the ISS national laboratory

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