Orion’s European Service Module to Arrive At Kennedy Space Center November 6 For First Mission

departs Germany on Nov. 5, arrives at Kennedy on Nov. 6

The Airbus team poses with the European Service Module during preparations for shipment to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The module is scheduled to depart Germany on November 5, arriving at Kennedy on November 6. (NASA Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – The Airbus team poses with the European Service Module during preparations for shipment to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

The module is scheduled to depart Germany on November 5, arriving at Kennedy on November 6.

For the first time, NASA will use a European-built system as a critical element to power an American spacecraft, extending the international cooperation of the International Space Station into deep space.

The European Service Module is a unique collaboration across space agencies and industry including ESA’s prime contractor, Airbus, and 10 European countries. The completion of service module work in Europe and shipment to Kennedy signifies a major milestone toward NASA’s human deep space exploration missions.

On Friday, Nov. 16, an event at Kennedy Space Center and live on NASA Television will mark the module’s arrival. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and ESA (European Space Agency) Director General Jan Wörner, as well as other senior leaders from NASA and ESA will discuss the international cooperation needed to send humans to the Moon and Mars.

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