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Vertical Assembly Center

Vertical Assembly Center
Vertical Assembly Center The 52-meter-tall Vertical Assembly Center at NASA's Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the world's largest spacecraft welding tool. Barrel, ring and dome sections of the Space Launch System's core stage liquid hydrogen and oxygen tanks slide into the machine, where they are raised and welded to other sections. Jason Davis / The Planetary Society

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