Both Shoot for the Stars -- and Beyond
NASA has important facilities in both states. There's the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Meanwhile, Alaska is home to NASA's SAR Data Center, a satellite data tracking plant.
In 1960, Marshall became NASA's first field center. Today, it's still at the forefront -- uncovering such interstellar oddities as cannibalistic stars. The center's research has also leapt to the aid of allergy suffers by using NASA satellite data to uncover pollen dispersal. We're not sure if the data comes from the SAR Data Center's massive satellite tracking system in Alaska, but one thing's for certain: We'll never again complain NASA research doesn't have real-life application.