NASA officials were both pleased and surprised with
tremendous public interest and attendance for the first-ever evening public
engine test of a Space Shuttle Main Engine at John C. Stennis Space Center
Saturday, April 21. More than 13,000 people, approximately four times more
previous tests, experienced the spectacular event at 10 p.m.
“The incredible number of visitors that turned out for the evening test
further affirmed the public’s desire to be a part of the space program,”
NASA Public Affairs Officer Myron Webb. “We are disappointed we were unable
accommodate everyone due to the overwhelming response. Plans are already
underway and preparations are being made to better accommodate large crowds
ensure an enjoyable experience for all who attend future public engine
This summer will be the next opportunity for the public to view an engine
test at Stennis. Information on future tests can be found at