Friday, September 28, 2007

Going boldly where....

New Orleans is where the external tanks for the Space Shuttle are built. Above, the NASA Michoud facility shares a long tradition of building space vehicle. These rocket motors are part of the Saturn V rocket boosters that were built at the New Orleans East facility in the 60's and did the heavy lifting for the Apollo space capsules.

Below, the tall building is where the external tanks are stored vertically for some of the final steps of the assembly process.

The Michoud facility will continue on with its space tradition in the next decade with projects to build the Orion crew exploration vehicle, which will carry astronauts to the moon and Mars, and new Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle, the new booster rockets for those.

--steve buser

6 comments:

Neva said...

I love your title! The picture is good as well...nice shot..didn't realize this was here.-

travelphilippines said...

wow its NASA,

GMG said...

Thanks for the info; didn't know that was happening in Louisiana...

photowannabe said...

These are great pictures of history info. I idn't know this happened in LA.

Moi said...

every time i hear the word manufacture i think "will they give me a job???"..i am an Industrial engineer, about to graduate in Dec, with no job offer in hand right now :((((

judyb said...

Hey, Moi, check out Boeing's website. They won the Orion contract and may probably be hiring. I've been here at Michoud 25 years and there's nothing like being part of a shuttle launch.