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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Tiny 'Cubesats' Gaining Bigger Role in Space
Lunar Flashlight Mission
May 22nd, 2015
Cubesats have pushed beyond the sphere of academia, becoming major tools for governments conducting a variety of missions and for companies earning revenues from space.
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What NASA Learned from Orion Space Capsule's 1st Test Flight
NASA's Orion spacecraft floats in the Pacific Ocean after its first test flight, known as Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), on Dec. 5, 2014.
March 29th, 2015
A Q&A about the first flight test of NASA's Orion capsule with two of the people responsible for the deep-space vehicle's development.
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Manned Mars Plan: Phobos by 2033, Martian Surface by 2039?
Phobos Grooves
May 8th, 2015
An incremental, multiple-mission approach — which envisions getting astronauts to Phobos by 2033, then down to the Martian surface by 2039 — could make manned Mars exploration technologically and economically feasible.
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Manned Mars Mission Plan: Astronauts Could Orbit by 2033, Land by 2039
Planetary Society Proposes Mars Missions
April 2nd, 2015
The Planetary Society — a nongovernmental space advocacy organization — has announced its support of a plan to send humans into orbit around Mars' moon Phobos by 2033 and to the surface of the Red Planet by 2039.
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Star Power: Spring's Night Sky Dazzles with Constellations Aplenty
Big Dipper Seen in the Canary Islands
March 27th, 2015
With spring underway, the evening sky is in transition. What new stars and constellations will adorn the night sky for the next few months?
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Roadmap for Manned Missions to Mars Reaching 'Consensus,' NASA Chief Says
Illustration of Future Mars Explorers
May 6th, 2015
Despite skepticism from Congress concerning NASA's asteroid-capture project, space agency chief Charles Bolden said "consensus is emerging" about that mission and other steps in NASA's plan to send humans to Mars.
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The Evolution of NASA's Ambitious Asteroid-Capture Mission
Artist's concept showing a robotic spacecraft grabbing a boulder off a near-Earth asteroid. NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission aims to haul such a boulder to lunar orbit by 2025.
March 30th, 2015
Here's a quick look at the evolution of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which originally envisioned bagging up an entire space rock but will now pluck a boulder from a large asteroid.
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Meet the Leading Space Rock Target for NASA's Asteroid-Capture Mission
A shape model of the near-Earth asteroid 2008 EV5, which is the leading target for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission.
March 26th, 2015
NASA intends to pluck a boulder off a near-Earth asteroid and haul it into orbit around the moon. Agency officials haven't decided upon the target asteroid yet, but the leading contender at the moment is the 1,300-foot-wide 2008 EV5.
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