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EVERY DAY PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY AND GLOBE
ARE PERFECTING TECHNOLOGIES AND EXPANDING CAPABILITIES
TO MAKE INTERPLANETARY SPACE TRAVEL POSSIBLE.

Below you’ll find news and events related to our deep space mission and the progress that will enable us to get there.

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NASA on the Square

June 19th, 2014

Come talk shop with the Space Launch System team in Huntsville! There will be activities for all ages and exhibits, speakers, music and more!

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NASA Moving Forward with Plans to Build Rocket for Possible Mars Mission

June 19th, 2014

NASA has put plans in motion to build the largest and most powerful rocket the world has ever seen. It sounds like the beginning of a new Bond film, but the agency said it’s moving forward with a new Space Launch System (SLS)—possibly in two size configurations—capable of lifting up to 286,000 pounds. The first manned launch is tentatively scheduled for 2021, which will see the SLS propel a new spacecraft, known as Orion, to either a nearby asteroid or the moon. If successful, NASA’s SLS could even be used for a Mars mission.

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Five Things We’ll Learn from Orion’s First Flight Test

June 19th, 2014

All the superlatives associated with Orion’s first mission this year – farthest a spacecraft for humans has gone in 40 years, largest heat shield, safest vehicle ever built – can be dazzling, no doubt. But the reason engineers are chomping at the bit for Orion’s first mission is the promise of crucial flight test data that can be applied to the design for future missions.

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Countdown to Deadline to Fly Your Name on Orion!

June 19th, 2014

More than 30,000 K-12 students worldwide have registered to take the Exploration Design Challenge so they can fly their name in space on Orion’s first flight – Exploration Flight Test-1. You can join the mission too, but completing the challenge by June 30!

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Orion Monthly Accomplishments – May 2014

June 1st, 2014

In just a matter of months, NASA will send its new human-rated spacecraft into space for the first time. And back here on the ground, Mission Control Center in Houston will be at the helm for Exploration Flight Test-1

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Space Launch System Monthly Accomplishments – May 2014

June 1st, 2014

SLS will have the largest cryogenic fuel tanks ever used on a rocket. Stands to test the tanks and other hardware to ensure that these huge structures can withstand the incredible stresses of launch will be built at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

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