NASA is one small step closer to their mission to Mars.
Today the first Boeing build core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System was shipped by the agency’s Pegasus Barge from the Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans to NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.
Boeing employees joined a jazz band to follow the core stage as it slowly rolled out of the dock to be loaded onto Pegasus.
Once at Stennis, the rocket stage will be loaded into a test stand for a green run test series to ensure success of the first flight of the Artemis One. Boeing Space Systems Engineer Tony Castilleja said, “It’s a historic day for us. It’s a great day for this team. It just shows the power of what we can do in working together, Boeing and NASA, in enabling a new generation of human space flight. It all rolled out of our factory.”
The core stage is expected to arrive at Stennis later on this month.