NASA is opting to go big instead of staying at home. The space agency today unveiled its new "Space Launch System," a meaty deep-space rocket that looks something like Saturn V on steroids.
NASA's official statement describes the SLS as "an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide... a safe, affordable and sustainable means of reaching beyond our current limits and opening up new discoveries."
Translation: Mars, baby!
"This launch system will create good-paying American jobs, ensure continued U.S. leadership in space, and inspire millions around the world," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "President Obama challenged us to be bold and dream big, and that's exactly what we are doing at NASA. While I was proud to fly on the space shuttle, kids today can now dream of one day walking on Mars." … Read more