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At New Orleans East rocket factory, a race to return to the moon



NASA's Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans East, intent on meeting a new fall 2020 deadline to test launch a mega-rocket designed to propel astronauts to the moon and beyond.

"I came NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard said Friday (June 28).

He said the core is rocket assembly , or Space Launch System, is 80 percent complete, with one of five sections still under assembly. Artemis 1 is ready to take place in case 2020.

Plans call for the rocket to carry on uncrewed Orion capsule before the engines are jettisoned 8 minutes and 1

4 seconds out. 25.5 days in flight, NASA has said.

Officials said no commercial rocket, current or planned, is as powerful as the launch space system, which will carry a load three times as heavy as the space shuttle could handle.

"Apollo … where we put a flag on the moon and left, said Lionel Dutreix, deputy chief operations manager at Michoud. […] The Rocket is not reusable. "

The Rocket is not reusable

In December, NASA's Pegasus to Marshall Space Flight Center rockets in NASCAR, Huntsville, Alabama, for testing. Saturn V rocket that launched the Skylab space station and the Apollo program [19659002MichoudwantstoholdfourRS-25enginesthatpropelledspaceshuttlesTheengineswerevisibleFridayatMichoudwithbrightredcoversmarked"THISSIDEFACESAFT"coveringtheirwidebackendsOfficialssaidNASAhasanotherdozenforfurtherArtemismissionswithsixmoreundercontract

Asked whether $ 20 billion to $ 30 billion was accurate on cost overruns on the program, Morhard said, "I'm not going to stand here

The deputy administrator Donald Trump for space exploration.

"The House added $ 1.3 billion for science programs. The Senate has not marked up the bill. I'm waiting to see what the Senate does, "he said.

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Story by Janet McConnaughey.


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