Thursday marks an annual event AT NASA'S Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. It’s the so-called “Marshall 2014 Update.” Marshall Center Director Patrick Scheuermann will speak about the future of the center and its strong relationship with Alabama. He’ll also talk about the progression from the early Apollo rockets to the Space Shuttle to where we are now.
NASA officials say brilliant lights and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia were a meteor that streaked across the South.
Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville said a baseball-size fragment of a comet entered Earth's atmosphere above Alabama at 8:18 p.m. Central Time on Monday.
NASA officials say the meteor traveled at a speed of 76,000 mph. They say that just three seconds after hitting the atmosphere, it disintegrated 25 miles above the Alabama town of Woodstock, producing a flash of light. Woodstock is about 30 miles southwest of Woodstock.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden is scheduled for a stop in north Alabama.
The space agency says Bolden will visit the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville on Friday afternoon.
Marshall is NASA's main center dedicated to developing space propulsion systems. Engineers there are now working on the Space Launch System, which are heavy-lift rockets being designed to take U.S. astronauts back into space.
An expert on meteors is visiting Huntsville to discuss the recent meteorite shower in north Alabama.
Marc Fries will speak at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Thursday morning.
Fries is a specialist in finding and recovering meteorites. He still focus on an Oct. 30 shower across the state's northern counties as he talks about using Doppler weather radar to find meteorites on the ground.
Two meteorite fragments have been recovered in Winston County, near Addison.