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As one era of space exploration ended with the retirement of the Space Shuttles, so a new one begins. NASA is saving face following the end of the Shuttle program with a flurry of bright announcements. I09 is reporting on NASA's press release yesterday about a giant rocket they are building - the largest in all of human history. This is the launch vehicle that will take us to Mars:
The crew capsule is the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle - also just announced. See the bottom right of my blog page for a selection of NASA's main headlines. See below the jump for the promotional videos.Say hello to NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) — it's about to become the largest, most powerful space rocket we've ever built. The Agency announced a design for the rocket earlier today, saying it will be a "safe, affordable and sustainable means of reaching beyond our current limits and opening up new discoveries from the unique vantage point of space." Buckle up, everybody — we're going to Mars.
Open the pod bay doors, please Hal. Will there be leaps in Artificial Intelligence to accompany our reach for the stars? The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Image Source: NASA.
Video Source: Youtube.
Caption for the above video: The rocket will use a liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fuel system, where RS-25D/E engines will provide the core propulsion and the J2X engine is planned for use in the upper stage. There will be a full and open competition to develop the boosters based on performance requirements. Its early flights will be capable of lifting 70-100 metric tons before evolving to a lift capacity of 130 metric tons.
Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Video Source: Youtube.
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