NASA beach project requires the right stuff — even for Florida sand

It’s no surprise that NASA has exacting standards for the people, equipment, and facilities that constitute America’s space program. Tom Wolfe’s 1979 bestseller, The Right Stuff, chronicled that approach, especially when it came to the astronauts who would be blasted into orbit.

But it turns out that NASA also needs to find the right stuff for some very down-to-earth aspects of its efforts — the sand on its beaches along the Florida coast.

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An aerial view of Launch Complex 39B with Exploration Ground Systems’ mobile launcher for the Artemis 1 mission on the pad. The Kennedy Space …

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