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NASA Officials Highlight Importance of SLS for Future Lunar Missions

Doug Loverro, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said the space agency essentially requires the Space Launch System to pursue the manned lunar mission planned for 2024, Space News reported Wednesday. Loverro made this statement with Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, against criticisms on SLS' high sustainment costs compared to those of commercial launch vehicles.

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NASA Officials Highlight Importance of SLS for Future Lunar Missions

Doug Loverro, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said the space agency essentially requires the Space Launch System to pursue the manned lunar mission planned for 2024, Space News reported Wednesday. Loverro made this statement with Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, against criticisms on SLS' high sustainment costs compared to those of commercial launch vehicles.

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NASA Unveils Launch Communications Ground Segment to Support Artemis Mission

NASA has officially opened one of the three permanent ground stations of the Near Earth Network’s Launch Communications Segment that will provide services to support future space explorations including the Artemis moon landing mission. 

The space agency said Wednesday the Kennedy Uplink Station, located at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will work with companion ground stations Ponce De Leon and Bermuda to facilitate communications for Artemis launch missions. 

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NASA Begins RS-25 Engine Integration With SLS Rocket

NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility has connected the first RS-25 engine to the core stage of a rocket that will support lunar missions with the Orion spacecraft.

Engineers docked one of four RS-25 engines to the Space Launch System's core stage as part of a collaborative effort with Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne, the space agency said Wednesday.

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NASA Kennedy Space Center Receives SLS Core Stage Training Mockup

NASA's Kennedy Space Center has accepted delivery of hardware that would help personnel prepare for the Space Launch System's first Moon mission with the Orion spacecraft. The space agency said Saturday it will use the core stage pathfinder to train lift crews in handling hardware of the SLS rocket. Pathfinders are full-scale mock-up models that have the shape and size of their corresponding SLS components.

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