NASA Announces New Rocket Design

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Space Launch System, or SLS, will be designed to carry the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, as well as important cargo, equipment and science experiments to Earth's orbit and destinations beyond. (NASA)

Just a few months ago, the future of NASA seemed in doubt. But the space agency announced on Wednesday a new rocket design that it says will be the centerpiece of a deep-space exploration program for decades to come. The Space Launch System could lift astronauts farther than ever before, making it eventually possible to journey to Mars.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, host of Star Talk Radio, and author of the forthcoming book "Space Chronicles," on NASA's vision for the future of space exploration.

Guests:

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione

Comments [1]

paulb from Brooklyn

I suppose it seems expensive. But, with no nuclear powered boosters or space elevators really plausible, this LV could be in use for 40 years or more: most of the 21st century. That's pretty good amortization. Further develops the shuttle's main engines: check. Like this plan.

Sep. 15 2011 10:14 AM

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