And once again we were lured back into the mystic city known as New Orleans . The culture , the architect, the sound of brass bands playing against the cities humid air and colorful hues; The powerful history and sounds of Messy Mya and throwback bounce mixes playing in the background at the local daiquiri shop ; the tickle in your nose from the spices used to conjure up some of the best crawfish and gumbo around. We always seem to find ourselves back here . Soul … rejuvenated . 🌶🦐
Tornado Recovery Underway at Michoud Assembly Facility
Teams at our Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans worked overnight and are continuing Wednesday with assessment and recovery efforts following a tornado strike at the facility Tuesday at 11:25 a.m. CST. All 3,500 employees at the facility have
been accounted for, with five sustaining minor injuries.
Teams worked through the night on temporary repairs to secure the perimeter fencing and provide access for the essential personnel through the main gate. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of the buildings at Michoud have some kind of damage; about five buildings have some form of severe damage.
Approximately 200 parked cars were damaged, and there was damage to roads and other areas near Michoud.
“The entire NASA family pulls together during good times and bad, and the teams at the Michoud Assembly Facility are working diligently to recover from the severe weather that swept through New Orleans Tuesday and damaged the facility,” said acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot. “We are thankful for the safety of all the NASA employees and workers of onsite tenant organizations, and we are inspired by the resilience of Michoud as we continue to assess the facility’s status.”
Teams will reassess the condition of the Vertical Assembly Center (VAC), as the initial examination revealed some electrical damage to its substation. The VAC is used to weld all major pieces of hardware for the core stage of the Space Launch System. The most recently welded part was removed from the facility last week.
The team has prioritized completing the assessment at the site’s main manufacturing building for the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft flight hardware so power can be restored in phases and temporary protection put in place to shield hardware from any further inclement weather.
WATCH: New Orleans Mayor Landrieu gives a frank speech on his city’s history and the removal of Confederate monuments:
“These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy – ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for. And after the Civil War, these monuments were a part of that terrorism, as much as a burning cross on someone’s lawn. They were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge in this city.”