NASA builds powerful rocket

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For the first time since the moon landing, humans have the opportunity to travel to other worlds. NASA has built the most powerful rocket ever made for the task, the Space Launch System, or SLS. It is the first exploration-class spacecraft since the Saturn V, which carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin 40 years ago.

“This rocket is a game changer in terms of deep space exploration and will launch NASA astronauts to investigate asteroids and explore the surface of Mars while opening new possibilities for science missions, as well,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said, according to the NASA website.

The SLS will carry a manned spacecraft named Orion. Even though the SLS is intended for manned missions to celestial bodies, it is possible for it to take on robotic scientific missions to Saturn or Jupiter.

This is the most sustainable and affordable rocket since the Space Shuttle and designed to be evolvable to meet its cargo mission needs. Due to its high performance and strength, it can carry larger payloads than commercial rockets. This gives the U.S. the opportunity to do experiments not possible otherwise.

Upon its completion, the SLS will complete an unmanned mission to orbit stably beyond the moon. The second mission is more ambitious, taking a crew of four deeper into space than ever achieved.

With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, NASA used to rely on rides to the International Space Station from Russia. Since the founding of SpaceX, and other commercial space agencies, NASA doesn’t have to anymore.

Now NASA can prioritize deep space exploration and leave low Earth orbit to industry. With the development of the SLS, humankind will hit a milestone in its evolution.

In the day and age when people can travel in space freely, new resources and opportunities will open up.