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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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Orion Monthly Accomplishments

July 15th, 2014

With less than six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Following the completion of the heat shield installation, the NASA/Lockheed Martin team stacked the Orion crew module on top of the service module. Download original article PDF.

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Space Launch System Highlights

July 15th, 2014

A 5-percent scale model, including solid rocket motors, of the SLS is ignited to test how low- and high-frequency sound waves will affect the rocket on the launch pad. The data collected from the tests will be used to help direct and verify the design of the rocket’s sound suppression system. Download original article PDF.

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“All Systems Go” for SLS Rocket Production

July 10th, 2014

Boeing has finalized a contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built and destined to propel America’s return to human exploration of deep space.

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High School Students Create Winning Design for NASA’s First Flight of Orion

July 8th, 2014

After a year-long competition among high school teams across the country, evaluators from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the National Institute of Aerospace have selected Team ARES, from the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Hampton, Va., as the winner of the high school portion of the Exploration Design Challenge (EDC). The announcement Friday came […]

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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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