Boeing rocket stage en route to NASA from Stennis Space Center

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 / 5:56 pm CDT
/ Updated: April 21, 2021 / 5:56 p.m. CDT NEW ORLEANS – The cryogenic core stage of the Boeing Space Launch System (SLS) rocket has been successfully refurbished at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., And is now ready for delivery to NASA.

Upon completion of a pristine test fire, the Green Run campaign will be completed on the B-2 test stand and the core phase will be brought to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for the launch of the Artemis I mission, the first lunar mission in nearly 50 years. source

“We thank NASA for their partnership as we deliver the first of the Artemis core phases that will usher in a new era in human space exploration,” said John Shannon, SLS vice president and program manager, Boeing. “Boeing shares this achievement with the hundreds of companies and thousands of highly skilled workers who contribute to this program and who form the backbone of this industry.”

The NASA helicopter, which is making a historic first flight on Mars SLS, starts NASA’s Artemis I mission, with which an unscrewed Orion crew vehicle is sent around the moon and back. This test flight is followed by Artemis II, the first manned lunar flyby for the Artemis program.

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