The Diplomat: NASA’s New Deep Space Rocket

20.09.11

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NASA art.

NASA art.

by DAVID AXE

Two months after the final flight of Space Shuttle, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration finally has a plan to replace the troubled winged spacecraft, two of which crashed, killing a total of 14 astronauts. On Sept. 14, NASA boss Charles Bolden unveiled the design of the agency’s Space Launch System, a new heavy rocket slated for a 2017 debut.

If it survives the current lean budget years, SLS will not only maintain the United States’ heavy space-exploration capability – it could give Washington a military edge over Moscow and Beijing.

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