Orion Service Module Moved To Test Stand

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Orion Service Module

Orion's service module for NASA's Artemis 1 mission was moved from a test stand to a test cell inside the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 22, 2019.

With microphones, strain gauges and accelerometers attached, the service module will undergo acoustic testing to check for flaws, the latest step in preparing for the agency's first uncrewed flight test of Orion on the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Artemis 1 will be the first mission launching Orion on the SLS rocket from Kennedy's Launch Pad 39B. The mission will take Orion thousands of miles past the Moon on an approximately three-week test flight.

Orion will return to Earth and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, where it will be retrieved and returned to Kennedy. Photo credit: NASA/Frank Michaux

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