NASA extends Boeing contract for more SLS rocket stages


NASA has extended its contract with Boeing to build Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stages to support as many as 10 missions to the Moon under the Artemis programme.

The core stage is the centre part of the rocket that contains two giant liquid fuel tanks. Towering 212 feet with a diameter of 27.6 feet, it will store cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen and all the systems that will feed the stage’s four RS-25 engines.

The new contract includes production of the core stage of the rocket for Artemis III – the mission set for 2024 that will carry the first woman and next man to the Moon.

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