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The Vehicle Assembly Building reaches new heights this week in preparation for NASA's Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. Also, military personnel and some Kennedy engineers are planning to practice the recovery of the Orion spacecraft using a test version of the crew module off the coast of San Diego.
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One of the aft skirts that will become part of the Exploration Mission 1 stack was moved to the Booster Fabrication Facility at Kennedy. Another vital element for the EM-1 mission, the processing bay of the Vehicle Assembly Building where the massive booster and spacecraft will be stacked, also continues to take shape.

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A heavy-lift crane lowers the second half of the D-level work platforms, D north, for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, into position Sept. 9 for installation in High Bay 3 in the Vehicle Assembly Building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The platform will be installed on the north side of the high bay. The D platforms are the seventh of 10 levels of work platforms that will surround and provide access to the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft for Exploration Mission 1. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program is overseeing upgrades and modifications to VAB High Bay 3, including installation of the new work platforms, to prepare for NASA’s #journeytoMars.

Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

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Kennedy held its quarterly Prime Contractor Board Subcontractor Showcase featuring IMSS’s KEMCON subcontractor Alpha Omega Training Solutions on August. 4.
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A baker’s dozen of zinnia flowers that were grown on the International Space Station were unpacked and recently dissected inside the Veggie flight laboratory in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. An additional dozen zinnias were given to the six crew members on the space station as souvenirs. Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/2aaB8zq
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A new shipment of cargo for the International Space Station took flight aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket July 18 and the rocket’s spent first stage flew back to a successful landing. Meanwhile, the company’s Dragon spacecraft continued on its path, carrying almost 5,000 pounds, including the Biomolecule Sequencer and Phase-Change Heat Exchanger science payloads and the International Docking Adapter.

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Installation of new work platforms for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and the journey to Mars reached the halfway point this week inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center. Learn more here: http://go.nasa.gov/29QR1dT
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NASA is inviting social media users to apply for credentials to see the progress being made on sending humans to Mars. Visit NASA in-person on Aug. 18 at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, and at the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, for behind the scenes tours and to see the mighty RS-25 engine test firing. Learn more here: http://go.nasa.gov/29Ppyt7
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At 3pm ET: Hear all about 'What's On Board' the SpaceX ‪#‎Dragon‬ launching tonight to the International Space Station. Watch & learn: http://go.nasa.gov/29HCKQw

Learn more about the science & research cargo on board: http://go.nasa.gov/29HCQaU…/research/news/crs9_cargo
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