NASA: New rocket design will take humanity to Mars

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 13:35 EDT
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NASA officials appeared with congressional leaders on Wednesday morning to announce what they called a “monster” new rocket design that will serve as the basis for deep space exploration in the coming decades.

NASA said the “Space Launch System,” or just SLS for short, is the most powerful rocket ever designed, adding that it will one day enable human travel to Mars and enhance exploration of near-Earth asteroids. It is also slated to serve as a backup transport to the International Space Station.

The new rocket’s first flight is tentatively scheduled for 2017.

This video is from NASA, published Sept. 14, 2011.

This video is from NASA, published Sept. 14, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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