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NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars

August 28th, 2014

On August 27, NASA officials announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) — the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars — and approved the program’s progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.

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Engineers and Technicians Install Protective Shell on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

August 22nd, 2014

Engineers and technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center have finished installing the cone-shaped back shell of Orion’s crew module – the protective cover on the sides that make up Orion’s upside down cone shape. It’s made up of 970 black tiles that should look very familiar – the same tiles protected the belly of the space shuttles as they returned from space.

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Futuristic Armor Protects NASA’s New Mars Capsule

August 14th, 2014

NASA is building the world’s most advanced heat shield to keep astronauts cool as they return from Mars, burning through the Earth’s atmosphere at 20,000 mph. Bloomberg looks at the futuristic design that makes that possible.

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