NASA will transport the SLS core stage to its Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, in the next few days for "Green Run" hot-fire engine tests later this year. Space Launch System rockets are expected to eventually take astronauts to the moon as part of NASA's Artemis program.
The main stage, measuring 212 feet (65 meters) from end to end and more than 27 feet (8 meters) in diameter, was transported like a giant carnival auto from the Michoud assembly center in east New Orleans to the barge that was the Workers took pictures.
It will undergo tests at Stennis ahead of the first Artemis launch, now planned for 2021, said Tony Castilleja, a systems engineer with the Boeing Space Team. SLS Core Stage 1 is the largest single rocket stage ever built by NASA and its industry partners.
Artemis II is to send up a crewed spacecraft.
The closing ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.ET on NASA television. He brought his wife and stepdaughter with him to witness the introduction. He said it's an exciting time for those who worked on the rocket and the family members who supported them.
The rollout came after several weeks of testing and check-outs following NASA's declaration of "core stage complete" during a December 9 Artemis Day celebration at Michoud. Its four RS-25 engines will produce 2 million pounds (8.9 million Newtons) of thrust.
In addition to the tanks, the core stage is the vehicle's avionics system, including the flight computers, vehicle navigation system, and the main propulsion system that supplies propellants to the engines. At Kennedy, the core stage will be integrated with the Interim Cryogenic Upper Stage (ICPS) and NASA's Orion spacecraft for the uncrewed Artemis I mission around the moon - the first launch of a human-rated spacecraft to the Moon since Apollo 17 in 1972.