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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Twin rocket boosters for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) that will power Artemis missions to the Moon arrive to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, June 15. The two motor segments, each comprised of five segments, arrived at Kennedy’s Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility by train from a Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Promontory, Utah. Defense Contract Management Agency, NASA Product Operations, Northrop Grumman Utah employees completed the final acceptance data packages and submitted their findings to NASA, which formally accepted delivery of the motor segments earlier this year. This is the first piece of flight hardware to arrive at Kennedy by train for the Artemis program, but NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) can expect to receive additional hardware soon, including the Launch Vehicle Service Adapter and the rocket’s core stage. NASA is working toward an Artemis I launch date in 2021, keeping the program moving at the best possible pace toward the earliest possible opportunity. (NASA Photo by Tony Gray)

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