Artemis: Rocket booster segments arrive to Kennedy Space Center by train

Artemis: Rocket booster segments arrive to Kennedy Space Center by train
Twin rocket boosters for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) that will power Artemis missions to the Moon have arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA/Kevin O'Connell)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A train carrying the rocket booster segments that will help launch NASA’s Artemis test mission around the moon arrived Monday at Kennedy Space Center.

The 10 booster segments, weighing 180 tons each, were transported 2,800 miles by train from Utah.

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Once removed from the specially designed rail cars, teams will then prepare the boosters for assembly.

“The arrival of the booster segments at Kennedy (Space Center) is just the beginning of the SLS rocket’s journey to the pad and onward to send the Orion spacecraft to the moon,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

Artemis I is the first in a series of missions that NASA says will pave the way for landing the first woman and the next man on the surface of the moon by 2024.

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