SLS initial and evolved configurations
Artist concept of SLS launching (Image: NASA)
Artist concept of SLS on launchpad (Image: NASA)
The Space Launch System (SLS) is designed to expand man's reach in the solar system (Image: NASA)
With the curtain coming down on its Space Shuttle Program, NASA has set its sights on the future with the announcement of a heavy-lift launch vehicle that is designed to take man beyond the moon to explore near-Earth asteroids, Mars and its moons, and beyond. Dubbed the Space Launch System (SLS) its configuration harks back to the Saturn V rocket-based systems employed to propel Apollo astronauts to the moon but also incorporates technology developed in the Shuttle Program.
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