Wednesday, December 28, 2022

NASA's Artemis III Moon Rocket: Core Stage Engine Section Arrives at Kennedy

NASA's Artemis III Moon Rocket: Core Stage Engine Section Arrives at Kennedy

Following the success of Artemis I, this is the core stage engine section of the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will deliver the first person of color and the first woman to the Moon on the Artemis III Mission.

Teams from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, delivered this Space Launch System (SLS) core stage engine section for Artemis III to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Saturday, December 10, 2022. 

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As NASA moves forward with SLS production and assembly for future Artemis missions, technicians at the spaceport are beginning core stage assembly and outfitting activities beginning with the Artemis III Moon rocket. In tandem, teams at Michoud will continue to manufacture the remaining four other elements of the 212-foot-tall core stage.

Teams transferred the engine section from the Pegasus barge to the center’s Space Station Processing Facility where teams will begin processing operations ahead of final integration in the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Crews at Kennedy then loaded a launch vehicle stage adapter transportation stand onto the Pegasus for delivery to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to support operations for the Artemis II mission and beyond.

Image Credit: NASA/Daniel Casper

Image Date: Dec. 10, 2022

Release Date: Dec. 19, 2022

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