In Photos: Tornado Damage at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility

Post-Tornado Emergency Briefing

Jude Guidry/NASA

NASA Michoud Assembly Facility director Keith Hefner (center) briefs emergency operations team members following the Feb. 7 tornado strike.

Michoud Assembly Facility Recovering from Tornado

Steven Seipel/NASA

The destructive power of the tornado that hit NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans on Feb. 7 is clearly visible in aerial photos taken the next day.

Recovery Efforts

Jude Guidry/NASA

Recovery operations are underway at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility one day after the tornado touched down on Feb. 7. Emergency personnel secured the perimeter and repaired fences while continuing to assess damage to buildings and structures.

Michoud Completes Damage Assessment

Steven Seipel/MSFC Michoud/NASA

Michoud Safety and Security completed an initial assessment of NASA's 829-acre rocket factory, the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Recovery teams have cleared much of the debris created when a Feb. 7, 2017 tornado damaged the facility.

Michoud Assembly Facility Re-opens

Steven Seipel/MSFC Michoud/NASA

The NASA and Boeing Space Launch System team were back at work at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility on Monday, Feb. 13. In this photo, employees are resuming work to outfit the rocket’s engine section where the RS-25 engines attach to the SLS core stage.

NASA Michoud Assembly Building Aerial View


This undated NASA photo shows aerial view of the agency's Michoud Assembly Building in New Orleans.Our Full Story | Tornado Video

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