NASA’s megarocket mobile launcher crawls to the launch pad for moon mission prep

NASA’s Mobile Launch Platform rolls out to Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Oct. 20, 2020. (Image credit: Amy Thompson/

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s massive Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) was on the move last month. 

On Oct. 20, the massive platform rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building here at Kennedy Space Center, on top of NASA’s crawler transporter. The 380-foot-tall (116 meters) platform will eventually carry the agency’s massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft as part of the upcoming Artemis 1 lunar mission, which is set to blast off sometime late next year. 

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