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.
Read More
Full Moon on Friday Is a Blue Moon: Here's Why
Blue Moon of July 2015
July 29th, 2015
On Friday, much of the world will have the opportunity to observe a Blue Moon: A somewhat rare occurrence that doesn't have anything to do with the moon's color.
Read More »
NASA Spacecraft Completes 60,000th Orbit of Mars
Curiosity Gale Crater
June 23rd, 2015
During its 13.5 years in orbit, Mars Odyssey has spotted the first evidence of water ice on Mars, mapped the entire Red Planet surface in vivid detail, and coordinated the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers' communications with Earth.
Read More »
NASA's Next Megarocket Could Launch Mission to Europa
NASA's Space Launch System
July 29th, 2015
The Space Launch System megarocket, scheduled to fly for the first time in 2018, will blast unmanned spacecraft toward their targets at unprecedented speeds, dramatically reducing interplanetary travel times, advocates say.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
United Arab Emirates to Launch Mars Mission by 2021
UAE Space Agency Mars Mission
June 5th, 2015
The United Arab Emirates' UAE Space Agency is aiming to launch its first mission to Mars by 2021, and has unveiled a full strategy for space exploration.
Read More »
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.
Read More »