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The pressure ship, or core of the NASA Orion spacecraft, for a manned mission to hurl the moon has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center.
NASA, Florida Today

After seven months of welding by technicians in New Orleans, NASA's Orion spacecraft core structure has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center for final assembly.

The Treck via Truck to KSC Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building, completed on August 24, is just the beginning for the hardware that will take astronauts more than 40,000 miles behind the moon The farthest away is any manned spacecraft. The planned NASA rocket Space Launch System will strengthen the still unknown crew of Exploration Mission-2 until 2023.

At the Lockpoint team, the Lockheed Martin teams will complete the assembly and integration of the EM-2 spacecraft. They complete work on the EM-1 module, which is not earlier than on an unarmed, three-week mission to the Moon 2020 will start.

The core of the spaceship, also called pressure vessel, was assembled at the Michoud Assembly of NASA Plant near New Orleans. It is ultimately responsible for maintaining the pressurized atmosphere in which astronauts work.

Contact Emre Kelly at aekelly@floridatoday.com or 321-242-3715. Follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram @EmreKelly.

(Photo: Lockheed Martin)

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