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NASA's Super Guppy Eats Spacecraft Parts for Breakfast

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NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft is one of the most extravagant cargo planes in the world. The awkwardly shaped aircraft has been in service since 1965, and was specifically designed to carry oversized payloads, like rocket stages and spacecrafts. This Tuesday she was fed with the Orion service module stacking assembly interface ring and stack holding stand.

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Orion is NASA’s next deep space exploration vehicle, and it will launch atop a new Space Launch System rocket on Exploration Mission-1 in 2018. The ring and stack were secured on a special transportation platform and loaded into the aircraft at the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Guppy took off from Kennedy to NASA Glenn Research Center’s Plum Brook Station facility in Sandusky, Ohio. Here is a bonus pic of the event for your viewing pleasure:

Illustration for article titled NASAs Super Guppy Eats Spacecraft Parts for Breakfast
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[NASA/Kim Shiflett]

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lostengineer
lostEngineer

Just for reference, this is what the Super Guppy is based on. NASA certainly knows how to protect and keep their toys running.