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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Rocket Coming Together for New NASA Spaceship's 1st Flight
The two stages of the Delta 4 Heavy rocket that will launch NASA's Orion capsule on its first test flight  come together inside the Horizontal Integration Facility at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in September 2014.
September 26th, 2014
Engineers have integrated the two stages of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 4 Heavy rocket that will launch NASA's Orion capsule on a highly anticipated unmanned mission known as Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in December.
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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 Completes 1st Orion Space Capsule for December Test Flight
NASA's first Orion spacecraft and service module stack made a 20 minute trip from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 11, 2014, to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.
September 13th, 2014
NASA's first Orion space capsule, designed to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, is ready for fueling ahead of its debut test flight in December.
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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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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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