National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States | October 26, 2017

One Small Step for NASA’s Space-Age Sites

Most Space Age structures weren’t built to last. Despite the massive technological advances that they represent, there’s no preservation plan in place for sites like the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Southern California, where some of NASA’s first rocket tests were conducted. Sixty years after the first satellite entered Earth’s orbit and 48 years since Apollo 11 landed on the face of the moon, preservationists and space lovers are facing a tough question—how do they ensure that these sites will stick around to evoke a sense of wonder in future generations? Back here on earth, what can preservationists and NASA do about sites like the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, which has been all but abandoned? 

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