Media Invited to See Progress on NASA’s Space Launch System for Its First Moon Mission

The forward part and liquid hydrogen tank for the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System
On May 30, 2019, the forward part and liquid hydrogen tank for the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System were connected to form most of the massive core stage that will propel SLS on NASA’s first Artemis mission to the Moon.
Credits: NASA/Eric Bordelon

Media are invited to NASAs Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans at 9:30 a.m. CDT Friday, June 28, to view progress on the rocket core stage for the Space Launch Systems Artemis 1 Moon mission.

Media will have the opportunity to interview NASA officials, including Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard, Artemis 1 Mission Manager Mike Sarafin and astronaut Ricky Arnold. NASA experts involved in manufacturing and testing hardware for the first and second Artemis missions will provide facility tours and answer questions.

NASA is working to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. The Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, along with the Gateway in orbit around the Moon, are the backbone for Americas Moon to Mars exploration approach. The Space Launch System is the only rocket that can send Orion, astronauts, and supplies to the Moon on a single mission.

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