NASA AC­CEPTS DE­LIV­ERY OF EURO­PEAN POW­ER­HOUSE FOR MOONSHIP

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NASA has ac­cepted de­liv­ery of a key Euro­pean part needed to power the world’s nextgen­er­a­tion moonship.

U.S. and Euro­pean lead­ers gath­ered at Kennedy Space Cen­ter on Fri­day to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The newly ar­rived pow­er­house, or ser­vice mod­ule, will pro­pel NASA’s Orion cap­sule to the moon dur­ing a test flight with­out pas­sen­gers planned for 2020. A mega rocket un­der de­vel­op­ment by NASA, known as SLS for Space Launch Sys­tem, will launch the combo.

The Euro­pean com­po­nent “al­lows us to take peo­ple farther into space than we’ve ever gone be­fore, so it is a re­ally big event for all of the Orion pro­gram,” said NASA’s Orion pro­gram man­ager Mark Ki­ra­sich.

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