This image, taken Aug. 8, 2019, shows the core stage for NASAs Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at the agencys Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The core stage is 80% complete and, over the summer, engineers will add the last core stage structure the engine section and the four RS-25 engines. This complex stage controls the rockets journey for the first eight minutes of flight and produces two million pounds of thrust to send SLS and NASA’s Orion spacecraft on their first lunar mission, Artemis 1.
Credits: NASA/Eric Bordelon
Media are invited to accompany NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Thursday, Aug. 15, on his visit to the agencys Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where engineers are preparing to add the final section to the core stage of the rocket that will power NASAs Artemis 1 lunar mission.
Bridenstine will meet with members of the Space Launch System (SLS) program to discuss and view progress on the rocket and take questions from media at 11:30 a.m. CDT in front of SLSs 212-foot-tall core stage.
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