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NASA currently operates a cargo transportation barge for the SLS program. The agency previously operated two recovery ships during the Space Shuttle program, which ended in 2011. 

Pegasus Barge

Cargo barge with crew accommodations. Originally build to transport Space Shuttle components in 1999, modified to carry SLS flight hardware in 2014. Photo: Charles Nowlin/Stennis

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Liberty Star

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster (SRBs) recovery ship. Occasionally used to tow the Pegasus Barge. Retired from NASA in 2012 at the end of the Shuttle program. Photo: NASA/MSFC

Freedom Star

Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster (SRBs) recovery ship. Occasionally used to tow the Pegasus Barge. Retired from NASA in 2012 at the end of the Shuttle program. Photo: NASA Johnson

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