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NASA News: Next-Gen Rocket Expected To Take Astronauts Into Deep Space

By Jomar Teves , Sep 01, 2016 03:30 AM EDT

NASA has unveiled its plans on a new Space Launch System that promises to be capable of making space exploration and potential colonization a much more feasible option for humanity. The NASA Space Launch System can bring humans to the Moon, Mars, and possibly even into interstellar space, thanks to its new revolutionary engineering features.

As of now, the new launch vehicle is currently being developed, and will continue to be improved on even after its maiden voyage, which is set to be initiated a few years from now.

NASA Space Launch System Internal Process

The NASA Space Launch System has a pair of solid rocket boosters that is secured by four RS-25 newly developed engines. The engines that are planned to be used for the initial launching have already been used before, but will still be under heavy testing.

NASA says that "The RS-25 is one of the most-tested large rocket engines in history, with more than 3,000 starts and over a million seconds of total ground test and flight firing time over 135 missions."

The NASA Space Launch System Will Work together with the Orion spacecraft

The NASA Space Launch System will have a series of test flights and will carry the NASA Orion spacecraft, although there would be no humans on board. The development of the Orion spacecraft has been undergoing for more than five decades now and is still being perfected to make it more comfortable and safe for humans to travel into deep space.

Missions of the NASA Space Launch System

The NASA Space Launch System will grow in scale through time and it will have four configurations carrying humans and cargo to space. This is to ensure that the mission will be a continuous work in progress, making it better and better until it reaches a state of perfection.

NASA Space Launch System in the Moon.

The second mission is named as the Exploration Mission-2 and will fly to the Moon on a speculated date in the year 2021 or 2023, with humans on board. However, before the launch proper, it will have to undergo a series of unmanned tests in 2018.

Currently, the NASA Space Launch System and its mission to the Moon have received funding, but only until the return of the spacecraft from the Moon.

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