Historic Alabama: Standing tall

Shown is a piece of rocket history — the Redstone Test Stand, which was in service for 20 years


The historic Redstone Test Stand is shown in a 1995 photo. The stand is the oldest static firing facility at the Marshall Space Flight Center, according to the National Park Service. Constructed in 1953 by the Army and transferred to Marshall in 1960, the Redstone Test Stand was the first test stand in the U.S. to accommodate the entire launch vehicle for static tests and was important to the Jupiter C and Mercury/Redstone vehicles that launched the first American satellite and the first American manned space flight, according to the National Park Service. The stand remained operational until 1973 and was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1976. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Do you have a photo you’d like us to consider for Historic Alabama? Send it to Erica West at [email protected].

This photo appears in the January 2023 issue of Business Alabama.

- Sponsor -

The latest Alabama business news delivered to your inbox