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Orion spacecraft transported to VAB for the Artemis 1 mission

19 Oct 2021, 20:35 UTC
Orion spacecraft transported to VAB for the Artemis 1 mission
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The Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 mission exited the Launch Abort System Facility shortly after midnight local time to make the trek to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Credit: NASA
NASA completed a significant milestone in the completion of its giant Space Launch System rocket as the Orion capsule was transported to Vehicle Assembly Building in the overnight hours of Oct. 19.
Fabricated at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the Orion capsule that is being used for the Artemis 1 mission, the first test flight of the SLS rocket, was transferred overnight from the Launch Abort Systems facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Orion spacecraft enters the Vehicle Assembly Building. In the background you can see the Space Launch System rocket for the Artemis 1 mission. Credit: NASA
The capsule was moved in the overnight hours in order to create a better external environment for the capsule given the cooler temperatures and lack of direct sunlight. It will also allow for the integration process to begin in the afternoon hours mating the capsule to the SLS rocket.
Integration is expected to take approximately 72 hours from start to finish. Once complete, ...

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