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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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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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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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The Future of Humanity Awaits in Deep Space, NASA Chief Says
Mars from the Cupola
April 25th, 2014
The way NASA chief Charles Bolden sees it, the future of U.S. space exploration is in deep space, and the only way to get there is with the commercial space industry and working on an international basis with countries like China and Russia.
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Asteroid-Capture Mission Will Bring Mars Within Reach, NASA Chief Says
Asteroid Sample Retrieval
March 27th, 2014
NASA's plan to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon is only one step on the way to Mars, NASA chief Charles Bolden said Wednesday (March 26). The space agency is planning an ambitious mission to send a robotic spacecraft to an asteroid.
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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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NASA Mulls Ethics of Sending Astronauts on Long Space Voyages
Radiation Dangers of Long-Term Crewed Space Missions
April 7th, 2014
NASA should set up a clear set of ethical rules regarding the health of astronauts on long-duration spaceflights — such as a trip to Mars — in the near future, according to a panel of health and ethics experts.
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