On March 18, 1978, space shuttle Enterprise arrived at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center for mated vertical ground vibration testing, which marked the first time the entire shuttle compliment – orbiter, external tank, and solid rocket boosters – were mated vertically. Here, Enterprise is offloaded at Redstone Arsenal Airfield before being moved to Marshall’s Dynamic Test Stand. Today, Marshall is playing a vital role in the Artemis program by developing the Space Launch System, the backbone of NASA’s exploration plans and the only rocket capable of sending humans to the Moon and Mars.

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1978年3月18日,企业号航天飞机抵达美国国家航空航天局马歇尔航天飞行中心,进行地面垂直振动测试,这标志着航天飞机的全部设备——轨道飞行器、外部燃料箱和固体火箭助推器——首次实现垂直对接。在这里,企业号在红石军火库机场卸下飞机然后被转移到马歇尔的动态试验台。今天,马歇尔通过开发太空发射系统在阿耳忒弥斯计划中发挥着至关重要的作用。太空发射系统是美国宇航局探索计划的支柱,也是唯一能够将人类送上月球火星的火箭。

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