November 29, 2011 6:46 AM

NASA's Mars mission boosts Aerojet into new era

Aerojet is decades removed from the glory days of the space race of the 1960s, when more than 20,000 employees were aiming for the moon. But the defense and aerospace subsidiary of Rancho Cordova-based GenCorp Inc. is staying busy these days with various projects. Aerojet provided the solid rocket boosters that lifted NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, or MSL for short, at Saturday's start of a 354 million-mile journey to the Red Planet.

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