The project is based at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. The appropriation was announced by — you guessed it — the senior Senator from Alabama, Richard “Benedict” Shelby. I wouldn’t call this pork, exactly. Heck, I’m in favor of space research, always have been. It’s interesting, that’s all.
Shelby isn’t even up for re-election, and if he were he has tons of money and nobody will mount a serious campaign against him. I wonder why he didn’t let Jeff Sessions, who is up for re-election and does have a serious challenger, get some attention.