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Final Stacking Of The Artemis 1 SLS

Final stacking operations for NASA's mega-Moon rocket are underway inside the Vehicle Assembly Building

New Liquid Hydrogen Tank At Launch Pad 39B

Seen here is a newly constructed liquid hydrogen (LH2) storage tank at Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 1, 2021.

After successfully completing the integrated modal test, technicians removed the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket's Orion stage adapter structural test article and the Mass simulator for Orion.

Stacking The Artemis 1 SLS

In this view looking up inside High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the work platforms have been retracted from around the Artemis I Space Launch System on Sept. 20, 2021.

Engineers with Exploration Ground Systems and contractor Jacobs successfully completed the Umbilical Release and Retract Test on Sept. 19 inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the Artemis I mission.

The core stage inter-tank umbilical - one of multiple connections on the mobile launcher that will provide power, communications, and pressurized gases to the rocket - is attached to the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 12, 2021.

As crews at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida assemble the Moon rocket for the Artemis I mission, teams have installed the flight software that will help steer, fly, track, and guide the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket during launch and ascent to space.

Teams with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems and contractor Jacobs integrate the interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS) for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the launch vehicle stage adapter (LVSA) atop the massive SLS core stage.

The Artemis I mission reached another milestone this week inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Teams with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems and contractor Jacobs prepare to integrate the launch vehicle stage adapter (LVSA) for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the massive SLS core stage.

The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket's interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS) sits in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB).

The core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for NASA's Artemis I mission has been placed on the mobile launcher in between the twin solid rocket boosters inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The Space Launch System (SLS) core stage is seen in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 4, 2021.

Two SRBs Await The SLS Core Stage

In this view looking up in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 26, 2021, the twin solid rocket boosters for the Artemis I mission are stacked on the mobile launcher for the Space Launch System (SLS).

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) core stage for the Artemis I mission arrived on April 27, 2021, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Stacking SLS Solid Boosters

Workers with Exploration Ground Systems and contractor Jacobs teams assist as the right-hand forward segment for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS).

The right-hand and left-hand forward assemblies for the Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) are in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 21, 2021.

The twin boosters for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) for Artemis I are in view in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 26, 2021.

NASA conducted a hot fire Saturday of the core stage for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the Artemis I mission to the Moon. The hot fire is the final test of the Green Run series.

NASA is targeting the final test in the Green Run series, the hot fire, for as early as Jan.17.

The two crawler-transporters (CTs) and mobile launcher platforms (MLPs) that were used during the shuttle program are seen at the MSS park site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 4, 2021.

During the morning on Oct. 20, 2020, the mobile launcher for the Artemis I mission, atop crawler-transporter 2, moves up the ramp leading to Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Inside the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Exploration Ground Systems and Jacobs TOSC workers completed painting of NASA's iconic "worm" logo on the Artemis I Space Launch System twin solid rocket boosters on Sept. 23, 2020.

NASA Is Practicing SLS Assembly

Technicians with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems rehearse booster stacking operations inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 14, 2020, in preparation for Artemis I.

Technicians at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, have moved panels for the Artemis II Orion stage adapter to a large robotic, welding machine.

On June 24, 2020, engineers completed the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket's structural testing campaign for the Artemis lunar missions by testing the liquid oxygen structural test article to find its point of failure.

As it soars off the launch pad for the Artemis I missions, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is powered by two solid rocket boosters.

As NASA prepares for the first launch of Artemis I, the first mission of the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft to the Moon, one team will be there every step of the way: the aptly nicknamed "SLS Move Team."

The first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage for NASA's Artemis program completed manufacturing work at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Aft Exit Cones For Artemis I Delivered

The two Northrop Grumman-manufactured aft exit cones for the Space Launch System's solid rocket boosters arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on Dec. 5 deliberately pushed the world's largest rocket fuel tank beyond its design limits to really understand its breaking point.

All four RS-25 engines were structurally mated to the core stage for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for Artemis I, the first mission of SLS and NASA's Orion spacecraft.

Second RS-25 Engine Attached to SLS

The second RS-25 engine has been attached to the core stage for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for the agency's Artemis missions.

Artemis 1 Booster Assembly

The forward skirt for one of the Space Launch System's (SLS) two solid boosters is inside the Booster Fabrication Facility at NASAKSC on Oct. 16, 2019.

Engineers and technicians at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans have structurally mated the first of four RS-25 engines to the core stage for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will help power the first Artemis mission to the Moon.

The Space Launch System Core Stage pathfinder is being moved to the north end of the transfer aisle inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 3, 2019.

NASA finished assembling and joining the main structural components for the largest rocket stage the agency has built since the Saturn V that sent Apollo astronauts to the Moon.

A view looking up at the mobile launcher (ML) in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 18, 2019.

Preparing The Mobile Launcher For SLS

Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building the engine service platform that will provide access to the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is lifted up in the center of the mobile launcher (ML) in High Bay 3 on June 18, 2019.

NASA and Northrop Grumman technicians in Promontory, Utah, have applied insulation to the final booster motor segment for the second flight of NASA's deep space rocket, the Space Launch System, and NASA's Orion spacecraft.

SLS Mobile Launcher Inside VAB High Bay 3

NASA's mobile launcher is inside High Bay 3 at the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on Sept. 11, 2018, at NASA Kennedy Space Center.

SLS Mobile Launcher Arrives At Pad 39B

NASA's mobile launcher (ML) atop crawler-transporter 2 arrives at Launch Pad 39B on Aug. 31, 2018, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A Closer Look at SLS Avionics

Lifting off the launch pad with over 8 million pounds of thrust and reaching space soaring at speeds of almost 25,000 miles per hour in just over 8 minutes requires more than power -- it requires brains.

NASA Announces New SLS Markings

Production of the five-segment powerhouse motors for the Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters is on target at prime contractor Orbital ATK's facilities in Utah, with 10 motor segments cast with propellant and four of those segments complete.

Aerojet Rocketdyne tested its second flight engine controller unit for its RS-25 engine that will be used on NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) today at the Stennis Space Center.

NASA held a hastily-arranged 30 minute media briefing this afternoon on the surprise plan to put a crew on the very first SLS mission.This plan was semi-officially announced last week.

NASA has successfully completed the exploration upper stage (EUS) preliminary design review for the powerful Space Launch System rocket.

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the world's most powerful rocket, is designed to be flexible and evolvable to meet a variety of crew and cargo mission needs for deep-space missions.

Upcoming Test Of SLS Hardware

Engineers are getting ready to put the pressure on hardware for the world's most powerful rocket, NASA's Space Launch System, as part of a rigorous test series to ensure each structure can withstand the incredible stresses of launch.

SLS Launch Pad Hardware Undergoes Test

A crane lowers the first Tail Service Mast Umbilical (TSMU) onto a test stand at the Launch Equipment Test Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A booster for the most powerful rocket in the world, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), successfully fired up Tuesday for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

First SLS Work Platform Installed at VAB

A view from above in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, shows a 325-ton crane lifting the first half of the K-level work platforms up for installation in High Bay 3.

For the first time in almost 40 years, a NASA human-rated rocket has completed all steps needed to clear a critical design review (CDR).

NASA Conducts RS-25 Engine Test

NASA has completed a 535-second test of its Space Launch System (SLS) RS-25 rocket engine to collect engine performance data.

NASA Tests RS-25 Engine

The new year is off to a hot start for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). The engine that will drive America's next great rocket to deep space blazed through its first successful test Jan. 9 at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

The largest spacecraft welding tool in the world, the Vertical Assembly Center officially is open for business at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide giant completes a world-class welding toolkit that will be used to build the core stage of America's next great rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS).

NASA had a press telecon today to discuss progress with the SLS (Space Launch System). NASA was trying to use Jedi mind tricks to try and spin the news - except the media covering the story did not fall for them.

NASA Completes SLS Key Review

NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.

NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets.

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

NASA and Boeing engineers are inspecting and preparing one of the largest composite rocket propellant tanks ever manufactured for testing.

The first round of acoustic tests on a scale model of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is underway.