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Saturday, November 15, 2014

SLS Update: Construction Begins on the Mammoth Vehicle...

At NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans, Louisiana, welding is completed on a barrel that will house the four RS-25 engines of the first Space Launch System rocket...currently set to take flight in late 2018.
NASA

At NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans, Louisiana, engineers recently completed welding on the first barrel that will comprise the first stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. This barrel is the bottom-most segment of the giant booster—which is where four former Space Shuttle Main Engines (known as RS-25s) will be attached to during the SLS' inaugural flight beyond low-Earth orbit...currently set to take place in late 2018 with Exploration Mission 1.

An infographic showing all of the barrels that will comprise NASA's Space Launch System rocket...currently set to take flight in late 2018.
NASA

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