Media Invited to Artemis Day, Unveiling of Moon Mission Rocket Stage

On Nov. 6, engineers and technicians attached the last of four RS-25 engines that will provide the necessary thrust for the SLS rocket to reach space. To complete assembly of the stage, technicians now are attaching the engines to propulsion and avionics systems inside the core stage, which also houses the flight computers that control the rocket during its first eight minutes of flight. NASA will showcase the completed core stage in December.
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Media and social media influencers are invited to NASAs Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans Monday, Dec. 9, for Artemis Day: Michoud/Stennis. Those attending will get a rare, up-close look at the core stage for NASAs Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will help power the first Artemis mission to the Moon.

Artemis Day will begin at 9 a.m. EST (8 a.m. CST) and feature a news conference with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who will discuss the status of the agencys Artemis program. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion. The news conference will be carried live on NASA Television and agency website.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, participants also will have the opportunity to visit and tour NASAs Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and see where the core stage will be tested before it is shipped to NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida for launch with the Orion spacecraft.

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