March 18, 1978: Space Shuttle Enterprise Arrives for Vibration Testing

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arrived at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Space shuttle Enterprise arrived at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on March 18, 1978, for mated vertical ground vibration testing. (NASA Image)

(NASA) – Space shuttle Enterprise arrived at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on March 18, 1978, for mated vertical ground vibration testing.

It 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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