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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You Can Send Your Name to Mars Aboard NASA's InSight Lander
Send Your Name on InSight
August 20th, 2015
NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a silicon chip that will be affixed to the Mars InSight lander, which is scheduled to blast off in February 2016 and touch down on the Red Planet seven months later
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NASA Test-Fires Engine for Next-Generation Megarocket (Video)
SLS Engine Test
August 13th, 2015
The agency performed a nearly 9-minute-long "hot fire" test of an RS-25 engine — four of which will power the core stage of the Space Launch System megarocket — at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi today (Aug. 13).
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Best Space Stories of the Week — August 2, 2015
Auroras on Brown Dwarf LSR J1835+3259
August 2nd, 2015
An alien aurora 1 million times brighter than Earth's, robots building a moon telescope, a $5.5 billion asteroid and more in's top news stories of the week.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – Aug 16, 2015
The Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as seen by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on July 30, 2015. The comet made its closest approach to the sun, called perihelion, on Aug. 13.
August 16th, 2015
NASA astronauts eat space-grown lettuce for the first time, and burying people on the moon gets easier — here are's best space stories of the week.
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Tiny Cubesat Will Hunt for Water Ice on the Moon
Lunar IceCube: Artist's Concept
August 5th, 2015
NASA has given the go-ahead to a mission called Lunar IceCube, a public-private partnership that will send a tiny cubesat to do water-ice prospecting from an elliptical orbit around the moon.
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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.
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