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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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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For Asteroid-Capture Mission, NASA Picks 'Option B' for Boulder
NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission aims to capture a boulder from a larger asteroid and park it in orbit around the moon by 2025. NASA announced the selection of this scenario, called "Option B," on March 25, 2015.
March 25th, 2015
NASA will pluck a boulder off a large asteroid and return it to lunar orbit, rather than target an entire near-Earth object for relocation, agency officials announced today (March 25).
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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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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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