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‘Rocket City’ is back: Marshall engineers, facilities, tools contribute to Artemis mission

HUNTSVILLE — There’s a reason Huntsville is called “Rocket City” and the city will once again live up to its name this weekend.

When the Space Launch System lifts off Saturday with more power than any rocket NASA has ever built and soars toward the moon for the Artemis I mission, it will be propelled by the knowledge, skill, and support of the people and programs at the Marshall Space Flight Center here.

“Artemis I will carry a lot of the expertise, effort, and pride of our Marshall team members,” Marshall Director Jody Singer said. “From manufacturing and testing the bones and brains of the Space Launch System rocket, to supporting it through this flight and beyond, we are so proud to contribute to this historic achievement in our nation’s space program.

“Go Artemis!”

The massive rocket and other key components were built, tested, and readied at the Marshall Center.

And, not resting on their laurels, Marshall workers are aiming for the future and a return to the moon.

They are already building rockets and producing other technology and hardware to land the first woman and the first person of color on the lunar surface, part of establishing a long-term presence there.

The Marshall Center is home to the SLS Program Office, which leads the planning, design, development, testing, evaluation, production, and operation of the rocket.

Marshall team members also developed and tested the flight software in-house and built key parts of the rocket in manufacturing facilities at Marshall and the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Marshall has a legacy of propelling NASA’s exploration through engineering, which is essential for a return to the moon.

Explore @NASA_SLS’s stages, adapters, and modules with the “Clickable Rocket” HERE >> https://go.nasa.gov/3xaX36n

(Courtesy of 256 Today)

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