Nasa Rocket Factory

NASA Michoud Assembly Facility

NASA wants to send humans to mars. Take a look inside NASA’s rocket factory where the worlds largest rocket is being built.

In 2018, I was given the rare opportunity by NASA take photos inside their Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. NASA MAF is home to the assembly of the Space Launch System rocket being built to send the Orion Spacecraft into space. The Artemis 1 mission was successfully completed on December 11th, 2022 after being launched 25 days earlier on November 16th. Artemis II is scheduled to be the firest manned mission that will send four astronauts on a lunar flyby for 21 days. The current launch date is November 2024.

The photos below show the liquid oxygen tank, Par Systems friction welders, the Pegasus barge, the Orion Spacecraft and more.