Engineers at NASA’s Michoud assembly facility in New Orleans have integrated the first components of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which will power humans to return to the moon in 2023. Last week, Michoud engineers stacked the rockets forward. An apron with a liquid oxygen tank and flight hardware between the tanks, which contains avionics, flight computers, and rocket-grade electronics. The
66-foot (20-meter) high stage top is only a small part of the entire main stage, which will reach a height of 212 feet (65 meters) when fully assembled.
The combination of these three structures is the first major hardware assembly of the core stage of the Artemis II mission, which will be the second flight of the SLS rocket. SLS will make its first test flight later this year as part of the unmanned
Artemis I mission, which will orbit the moon and return to Earth. Spacewalker Tereza Pultarova
prepares to dispose of the old modules.
Russian astronaut Oleg Novitsky can be seen at the end of a 46-foot-long (14-meter) Strela crane during a seven-hour spacewalk on Wednesday, June 2.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2021: You can see from the end of the 46-foot (14-meter) Strela crane during the seven-hour spacewalk on the International Space Station on Wednesday, June 2 . Russian astronaut Oleg Nowitzki. This photo was taken by a helmet camera used by Novitsky’s colleague Pyotr Dubrov. During the spacewalk, two astronauts disconnected the cable between the 20-year-old Pirs docking module and the Zvezda service module and relocated the Strela crane originally attached to Pirs. This work is part of preparations for the removal of Pir and the installation of the Nauka replacement multipurpose laboratory module later this year, which will arrive on the space station in July.
During the spacewalk, the astronauts also replaced the fluid flow regulator panel attached to the Zarya module. Then, they pushed the old panels away from the space station towards the ground, thus discarding the old panels. NASA said the panel will burn in the atmosphere.