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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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.
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Roadmap for Manned Missions to Mars Reaching 'Consensus,' NASA Chief Says
Illustration of Future Mars Explorers
May 6th, 2015
Despite skepticism from Congress concerning NASA's asteroid-capture project, space agency chief Charles Bolden said "consensus is emerging" about that mission and other steps in NASA's plan to send humans to Mars.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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