Space engineers installed a car engine in the upper level of the Space Launch Complex (SLC-40) in Florida, according to the Florida Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Center.
The installation, which occurred on Tuesday, took place as the Space Shuttle is being retired.
Space Engineers has been in Florida since January, working with the Air Force, NASA, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Florida National Guard.
NASA officials said the car engine installation is part of the space agency’s plan to get more people into space by making it easier for them to use the facilities.
“With our mission to get people into orbit, we’re working hard to make sure that we have the tools to support the workforce in the future,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement.
“And we’re confident that our team is making good progress.”
Space shuttle missions to the International Space Station, the International Polar Station, and a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft are scheduled to begin later this year.
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