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NASA Is Creating The Largest Rocket Ever!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 24, 2014, 4:04 PM
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It has been 45 years since the first man walked on the moon. Now in New Orleans, just a few miles from the French Quarter, NASA is quietly making the largest, most powerful rocket that will have ever left the earth.

"For an engineer, it's Disneyland every day," said NASA worker Pat Whipps.

"You work every day, and you're trying to make it perfect first time out," said NASA worker Kevin Pierre.

The work is being done in the Michoud Assembly Facility, the very same place where they built the Saturn rocket for those Apollo missions. It was also there that they built the giant fuel tanks which powered the Space Shuttle.

Workers in the facility are now constructing the Space Launch System. The SLS will stand over 320 feet tall and will be able to take a crew of six further into space than anyone has ever been.

Some of the barrels that make up the core stage of the SLS and carry the fuel are welded together piece by piece by over 600 people at NASA's 42 acre facility.

"Everybody's excited to have a part in America's next great adventure," said Pat Whipps of NASA Michoud.

The top of the rocket will feature the Orion capsule. It may look familiar because NASA says the physics of launch and return haven't changed much since the Apollo days.

"But the insides are totally different," said NASA Orion program manager Mark Geyer.

NASA has plans to test the Orion capsule in December. Later missions include possibly redirecting an asteroid near the moon or going to Mars.

Some critics question the construction without a specified mission and full funding.

"I'm not sure that I'm optimistic that we will do those things, but I know that we need to," said former NASA administrator Mike Griffin.

NASA says it is one small step at a time for mankind, and building the next generation of rockets is proof enough of its commitment to exploration.

For more information on the rocket, visit NASA's website.

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Michael
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I enjoy watching Anime, Science Fiction, and Horror at the movies and on TV. I also read a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy. I enjoy going to Science Fiction Conventions and Car Shows. I also enjoy watching Drag Racing in person and on TV. When I have a Muscle Car I sometimes take it to the track and race it myself. I sold my last Muscle Car, a 1988 Monte Carlo SS, and I am currently in the market for another car. B-)
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Keziamara Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the llama, love when somebody gifts on of those little critters to me!  You have great taste in music :)
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TheMan268 Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome and thank you very much!  :) (Smile)
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Thanks for the fav! :iconsqueeeeplz:
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You're welcome!  :) (Smile)
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Thanks for all the Favourites :)
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You're welcome!  :) (Smile)
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You're welcome!  :) (Smile)
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You're welcome!  :) (Smile)
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Thank You for the favorite! :)
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You're welcome!  :) (Smile)
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dreamdesigner442 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Interface Designer
Sorry for my belated message Michael,But thank you so much for the LLAMA badge!:-)Your pictures are magnificent and your gallery is a "Heaven" as a Classic and muscle car enthusiast as like me!:D (Big Grin)Love  Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap :) (Smile) Thank you for the great pictures!and greetings to the beautiful Tenessee!:) (Smile) 
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TheMan268 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome and thank you very much!  :)
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My pleasure :-)
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Titanattack Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the Llama!
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TheMan268 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!  :)
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Titanattack Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;)
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pentaxianspentax Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you muchly for the fave.
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TheMan268 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!  :)
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Thanks for the Llama! :happybounce:  Nice gallery Nod 
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You're welcome and thanks!  :)
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Dubedition Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Appreciate you stopping by and dropping off a Llama. Thank you.
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You're welcome!  :)
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Thanks for the llama!!! Llama Gwomp - tastes good 
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