Latest News About NASA's Space Launch System

NASA has picked the design for its next big rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). This heavy-lift booster will carry humans farther than they've ever been, to an asteroid, Mars and beyond.
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NASA's New Mega-Rocket for Deep Space Will Be Launch Ready by 2018
Illustration of Space Launch System Launching
August 28th, 2014
NASA's first test launch of its new mega-rocket, the Space Launch System, will blast off by November 2018, a year later than planned. See how the SLS rocket is making progress here.
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December Test Flight Huge for NASA's Next Manned Spacecraft
Orion Capsule Launch Abort System
June 19th, 2014
NASA's Orion capsule, which is designed to take astronauts to Mars and other farflung destinations, will blast into space for the first time in December. During the mission, Orion will travel 3,600 miles (5,790 kilometers) from Earth.
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NASA's Next Mars Lander Will Peer Deep Into Red Planet's History: Here's How
InSight Mars Lander Delivers Drill 2
August 15th, 2014
NASA's next Mars lander, now under construction, will probe the inner workings and early stages of the Red Planet's development billions of years ago.
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NASA Uses Mini Rocket Models to Test Mega-Rocket Parts (Video, Photo)
Artist rendering of the RS-25 engines and boosters powering the liftoff of the 70-metric-ton (77-ton) lift capacity configuration SLS from the pad.
March 31st, 2014
The engines of NASA's space shuttle will be reborn for the space agency's newest rocket, designed to take humans deeper into space than ever before.
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Actor Morgan Freeman Talks Mars Trips & More with NASA Astronauts
ISS Astronauts During Interview by Morgan Freeman
July 21st, 2014
Actor Morgan Freeman grilled NASA astronauts on the International Space Station about how their work can get humans to Mars someday.
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NASA's New Mega-Rocket, Orion Capsule on Track for Future Test Flights
Space Launch System Artist's Rendering
May 27th, 2014
NASA's giant new rocket, the Space Launch System, and its Orion space capsule are making progress toward two key test flights in the upcoming years. See how far along NASA's new rocket and spacecraft are, and what's next for the U.S. space vehicles.
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The Future of Humanity Awaits in Deep Space, NASA Chief Says
Mars from the Cupola
April 25th, 2014
The way NASA chief Charles Bolden sees it, the future of U.S. space exploration is in deep space, and the only way to get there is with the commercial space industry and working on an international basis with countries like China and Russia.
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