Exciting news for Stennis Space Center.

The rocket core stage of the Artemis Space Launch System that'll send astronauts back to the moon and beyond has gotten a Mardi Gras-style sendoff in New Orleans as it heads to Mississippi for testing. It was rolled out of a NASA assembly facility and loaded onto a specially modified barge to carry it to the Stennis Space Center. It's the same 40 mile route that NASA used years ago during the testing of Saturn-5 rockets for the Apollo program. The four engines are expected to be static fired at the Hancock County facility as early as July.The rocket core stage of the Artemis Space Launch System that'll send astronauts back to the moon and beyond has gotten a Mardi Gras-style sendoff in New Orleans as it heads to Mississippi for testing. It was rolled out of a NASA assembly facility and loaded onto a specially modified barge to carry it to the Stennis Space Center. It's the same 40 mile route that NASA used years ago during the testing of Saturn-5 rockets for the Apollo program. The four engines are expected to be static fired at the Hancock County facility as early as July.

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