BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Visitors at the State Capitol got a sneak peek at the role Louisiana plays in the next stage of space exploration with NASA Day.
Representatives from NASA met with lawmakers Thursday and showed off the program's Space Launch System.
The spacecraft was assembled at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and is about as tall as the State Capitol building.
"That's going to carry humans on the backside of the moon," said Bobby Watkins, director of the Michoud Assembly Facility. "So it'll kind of gives us a surface that we've never been to before or an atmosphere we've never been to before, and we can start learning more about how to put humans into deep space like going to Mars or maybe doing an asteroid-type mission, understand the chemical makeup of an asteroid."
A group of young scientist also joined the people from NASA. Those students are from Woodlawn High School and showed off a robot they built which can throw a ball. The group has participated in national robotic competitions.