Is Southern California still important for space exploration?

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Major aeronautics companies gearing up for World War II based their factories in Southern California, so it was natural for them to go into space. The Southland still plays a huge role in the aerospace industry as newer companies move into town like SpaceX in Hawthorne and Rocket Lab in Huntington Beach.

“It’s an amazing transition for the program in Southern California,” says Mat Kaplan from the Planetary Society.