How NASA's Super Guppy Is Helping the Artemis Moon Missions
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NASA's Super Guppy is one extraordinary-looking aircraft. The enormous wide-bodied plane is used by the space agency to transport components that are too large to fit on a conventional cargo plane. The Super Guppy was used to move parts of NASA's massive Saturn V rocket in preparation for the lunar missions of the late 60s and early 70s, and now the aircraft is taking to the skies to assist the upcoming Artemis moon missions. Its latest flight saw the Super Guppy transport the heat shield skin for Orion, the spacecraft that will fly humans to the moon in Artemis missions that are expected to take place before the end of this decade. The aircraft landed at Moffett Federal Airfield near San Jose in California earlier this month, with the skin transferred to NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where it's awaiting the next stage of production.