NASA ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF EUROPEAN POWERHOUSE FOR MOONSHIP
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.