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PHOTO: Test Stand 4670 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has hosted engine tests for a range of launch vehicles.

New York (CNN Business)Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, is taking over a historic NASA facility — and it’s only the latest example of a private “new space” company slapping its logo on former space agency territory.

NASA said in a press release Wednesday that it signed an agreement for Blue Origin to use its rocket engine test site in Huntsville, Alabama. The deal “signals rocketing growth of commercial space,” NASA said in a statement.
The Huntsville site once hosted tests of the massive engines that powered the Saturn V rocket, which landed astronauts on the moon a half-century ago. It was later used to test engines for NASA’s space shuttle program. The facility has been dormant since 1998.