The Most Powerful Rocket Needs the Largest Welder. NASA Shows Off New Tool

September 15, 2014 4:53 PM

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NASA’s busy building the most powerful rocket ever. To make that goal a reality, NASA unveiled the Vertical Assembly Center. It’s a 170 foot tall welding tool that will weld together the 200 foot plus core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS is being designed to take humans where no human has ever been before.

“The rocket is a game changer in terms of deep space exploration and will launch NASA astronauts to investigate asteroids and explore the surface of Mars while opening new possibilities for science missions as well,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday...

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