An artist's rendering of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Boeing is the prime contractor responsible for the SLS cryogenic stages and avionics.
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Artist's Concept of Space Launch System on the Pad
This artist's concept shows NASA's Space Launch System atop its Florida launch pad.
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Space Launch System: NASA's Giant Rocket Explained
Credit: Karl Tate, SPACE.com
The SLS is derived from proven technology used for decades in America's moon program and the space shuttle.
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Artist's View: NASA's Space Launch System at the Pad
This artist's concept shows a vertical view of NASA's Space Launch System on the launch pad.
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SLS Architecture Reference Configuration
An artist rendering of the various configurations of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.…Read More »
The flexible configuration, sharing the same basic core-stage, allows for different crew and cargo flights as needed, promoting efficiency, time and cost savings. The SLS enables exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit and support travel to asteroids, Mars and other destinations within our solar system. Less «
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SLS Possible Exploration Destinations
An artist's concept shows the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle and future destinations for human exploration beyond Earth orbit: the moon, an asteroid and Mars.
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70t Crew Expanded View
An expanded view of an artist rendering of the 70-metric-ton configuration of NASA's Space Launch System.
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130t Cargo Expanded View
An expanded view of an artist rendering of the 130 metric ton configuration of NASA's Space Launch System.
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NASA's Space Launch System at Liftoff
This artist's concept shows NASA's giant rocket, the Space Launch System, soaring off a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket is…Read More »
NASA's new booster for deep space missions to an asteroid and ultimately Mars. Less «
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A Bigger Splash
Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Orion MPCV test-lands in water at NASA's Langley Research Center.
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Funding for NASA Spaceship's Launch Escape System Runs Out
Credit: U.S. Army White Sands Test Facility
Technicians ready the Orion launch abort vehicle for a May 6 test at the U.S. Army White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.
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NASA's New Spaceships Could Tag-Team Asteroid
Credit: Lockheed Martin
A manned asteroid mission using two Orion spacecraft, docked nose-to-nose to form a 50-ton deep space vehicle, is being studied by Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
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Lockheed Martin Orion capsule testing facility
Credit: Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin’s Space Operations Simulation Center in Colorado can simulate on-orbit docking maneuvers, using mockups of NASA's Orion space capsule (left)…Read More »