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NASA’s SLS Rocket: Block 1 vs. Block 1B Configuration
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NASA’s SLS (Space Launch System) rocket in the Block 1B cargo configuration will launch for the first time beginning with…

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NASA Invites Media to See Artemis II Moon Rocket Elements at Kennedy
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Media are invited in late July to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to see progress on the agency’s SLS…

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NASA Invites Media to Rollout Event for Artemis II Moon Rocket Stage
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NASA will roll the fully assembled core stage for the agency’s SLS (Space Launch System) rocket that will launch the…

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I Am Artemis: Lauren Fisher
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NASA’s Lauren Fisher, lead engineer for the thermal protection systems on Artemis III’s LVSA, discusses how her unusual background in…

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NASA Achieves Milestone for Engines to Power Future Artemis Missions
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NASA achieved a major milestone April 3 for production of new RS-25 engines to help power its Artemis campaign to…

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NASA’s Artemis IV: Building First Lunar Space Station
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NASA and its partners are developing the foundational systems needed for long-term exploration at the Moon for the benefit of…

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I Am Artemis: Mat Bevill
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Significant events in history keep finding Mat Bevill. As the associate chief engineer for NASA’s SLS (Space Launch System) Program,…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: NASA Invites Media to Milestone RS-25 Engine Certification Test
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NASA will host media to view a milestone RS-25 engine test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center on Wednesday, April 3,…

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NASA Conducts Full-Duration Artemis Moon Rocket Engine Test
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NASA continued a key RS-25 engine test series for future Artemis flights of the agency’s powerful SLS (Space Launch System)…

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Payload Adapter Testing: A Key Step for Artemis IV Rocket’s Success
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A test version of the SLS (Space Launch System) rocket’s payload adapter is ready for evaluation, marking a critical milestone…

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Key Test Drive of Orion on NASA’s Artemis II to Aid Future Missions
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Astronauts will test drive NASA’s Orion spacecraft for the first time during the agency’s Artemis II test flight next year.…

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Adapter for Future NASA SLS Flights Readied for Testing
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A test version of the universal stage adapter for NASA’s more powerful version of its SLS (Space Launch System) rocket…

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NASA Expanding Lunar Exploration with Upgraded SLS Mega Rocket Design
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By: Martin Burkey As NASA prepares for its first crewed Artemis missions, the agency is making preparations to build, test,…

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NASA Continues Artemis Moon Rocket Engine Test Series
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NASA conducted a full-duration RS-25 engine hot fire March 6, continuing a final round of certification testing for production of…

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I Am Artemis: Josh Whitehead
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Launching a rocket to the Moon takes perseverance and diligence. Josh Whitehead – a world-class engineer, race-winning long-distance runner, and…

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NASA to Continue Testing for New Artemis Moon Rocket Engines
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NASA will conduct an RS-25 hot fire Friday, Feb. 23, moving one step closer to production of new engines that…

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Artemis II Mission Manager Matthew Ramsey
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Matthew Ramsey is keenly aware of the responsibility he shoulders to ensure the agency’s missions to the Moon are safe…

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Rocket Propellant Tanks for NASA’s Artemis III Mission Take Shape
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As NASA works to develop all the systems needed to return astronauts to the Moon under its Artemis campaign for…

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NASA Stennis Celebrates Milestone for Historic Autonomous Systems Mission
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NASA’s Stennis Space Center and Sidus Space, Inc., marked another milestone February 15 for the Center’s first-ever in-flight autonomous systems…

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Teams Add Iconic NASA ‘Worm’ Logo to Artemis II Rocket, Spacecraft
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Art and science merge as teams add the NASA “worm” logo on the SLS (Space Launch System) solid rocket boosters…

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First Hot Fire Test of the Year for Artemis
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Clouds of white vapor pile up at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, during a full-duration, 500-second…

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Statement from NASA’s Jennifer Kunz at SpaceCom, 50th Space Congress
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Jennifer Kunz, associate director technical of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, released the following statement after speaking Thursday at…

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NASA Marks Halfway Point for Artemis Moon Rocket Engine Certification Series
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NASA completed the sixth of 12 scheduled RS-25 engine certification tests in a critical series for future flights of the…

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I Am Artemis: Erick Holsonback
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Whether he’s advising student robotic competitions or managing production of a powerful, new Moon rocket stage, Erick Holsonback meets technical…

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NASA Continues Artemis Moon Rocket Engine Tests with 1st Hot Fire of 2024
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NASA continued a critical test series for future flights of NASA’s SLS (Space Launch System) rocket in support of the…

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La NASA comparte avances sobre las primeras misiones lunares Artemis con tripulación
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La NASA anunció el martes cambios en las próximas misiones Artemis, que sentarán las bases para la exploración científica a…

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NASA Shares Progress Toward Early Artemis Moon Missions with Crew
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NASA announced Tuesday updates to its Artemis campaign that will establish the foundation for long-term scientific exploration at the Moon,…

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NASA Administrator, Leaders to Discuss Artemis Moon Mission Plans
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NASA will hold a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 9, to provide an update on the agency’s…

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Kennedy Space Center Looks Ahead to a Busy Year in 2024
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Another jam-packed year is in store for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the momentum of a busy 2023…

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I am Artemis: Bruce Askins
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Growing up, Bruce Askins was passionate about space and oceanography. His desire to explore other worlds always made him want…

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NASA Stennis Continues Preparations for Future Artemis Testing
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Crews at NASA’s Stennis Space Center cleared a milestone Dec. 11, installing a key component in preparation for future Green…

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2023 in Review: Artemis II Crew Visits Kennedy
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On Aug. 8, 2023, Artemis II crew members (from left) Jeremy Hansen, Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman, and Christina Koch took…

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NASA Teams Prepare Moon Rocket-to-Spacecraft Connector for Assembly
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The elements of the super-heavy lift SLS (Space Launch System) rocket for NASA’s Artemis II mission are undergoing final preparations…

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Artemis II Booster Surges Ahead at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center 
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Inside the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, engineers and technicians process the right…

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Artemis II Crew’s SLS Visit
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On Nov. 16, 2023, NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman (left) and Christina Koch (middle) of NASA and CSA (Canadian Space Agency)…

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NASA Continues Progress on Artemis III Rocket Adapter with Key Joint Installation
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Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, recently installed a key component called the frangible…

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NASA Tests In-Flight Capability of Artemis Moon Rocket Engine
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NASA conducted the third RS-25 engine hot fire in a critical 12-test certification series Nov. 29, demonstrating a key capability…

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Artemis II Crew Signs NASA Moon Rocket Hardware at Marshall
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Artemis II NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman, and Christina Koch of NASA, and CSA (Canadian Space Agency) astronaut Jeremy…

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Artemis II Astronauts View SLS Core Stage at Michoud
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Artemis II NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Christina Koch of NASA, and CSA (Canadian Space Agency) astronaut Jeremy Hansen view…

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Cube Quest Concludes: Wins, Lessons Learned from Centennial Challenge
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By Savannah Bullard Artemis I launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 16, 2022, penning a new…

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One Year Ago: Artemis I Lifts Off
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In this photo, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), carrying the Orion spacecraft, lifts off the pad at Launch Complex 39B…

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I am Artemis: Eric Bordelon
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As a child, Eric Bordelon had posters of the space shuttle in his room. Now, he takes photos and video…

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Early Production Continues on Advanced Upper Stage for NASA Moon Rocket
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Link to full image Technicians at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans have completed a major portion of a…

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NASA Conducts 1st Hot Fire of New RS-25 Certification Test Series
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NASA conducted the first hot fire of a new RS-25 test series Oct. 17, beginning the final round of certification…

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NASA Prepares Artemis II Moon Rocket Core Stage for Final Assembly Phase
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NASA and industry partners Aerojet Rocketdyne and Boeing have installed all four RS-25 engines onto the SLS (Space Launch System)…

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Start Your Engines: NASA to Begin Critical Testing for Future Artemis Missions
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NASA will begin a new RS-25 test series Oct. 17, the final round of certification testing ahead of production of…

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Artemis II SLS Rocket Booster Segments Arrive to Kennedy Space Center
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The 10 booster motor segments for NASA’s SLS (Space Launch System) rocket that will help propel the Artemis II astronauts…

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Third Subscale Booster for Future Artemis Missions Fires Up at Marshall
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Engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, conducted a hot fire of a 24-inch subscale solid rocket…

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NASA’s SLS Mega Rocket: What Is the ICPS?
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NASA’s SLS (Space Launch System) rocket’s ICPS (interim cryogenic propulsion stage), with its single RL10 engine, produces 24,750 pounds of…

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NASA Photographer Captures Super Blue Moon Rising over New Orleans
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A Super Blue Moon rises above the Mississippi River and the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans, Aug. 30.…

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