NASA’s Most Powerful Rocket May Be One Step Closer to Launch

NASA decided to kick off the year by performing a test on the Space Launch System that’s destined to put the first woman on the moon. But things didn’t go quite as expected.
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NASA has been prepping its new SLS rocket, and working with partners to build a new crew capsule known as Orion. In addition to the capsule, SLS can also carry astronauts and cargo to the Moon in a single mission. But the rocket wasn’t just designed to get humans back to the Moon.

In fact it’s the first deep space rocket developed for crewed missions by NASA since the famous Saturn V rocket, used for the Apollo Program. NASA defines the design of SLS as flexible and evolvable, which will allow for longer scientific robotics missions deeper into space.

This is possible because of the multiple configurations of SLS that can achieve not only various payload capacities, but also maximum thrust. Making it adaptable for crewed and cargo missions to the Moon as well as other planets.

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