Space Launch System

rockets

NASA's Mars Rocket is Over Budget and Behind Schedule, Audit Finds

“At its current rate, we project Boeing will expend at least $8.9 billion through 2021—double the amount initially planned—while delivery of the first Core Stage has slipped 2½ years.”
Becky Ferreira
10.12.18
Rockets on a Barge

Watch a Damn Big Rocket Engine Get Loaded Onto a Damn Big Barge

Check out the inside of the barge for yourself in VR.
Becky Ferreira
5.16.17
Features

An Afternoon With the World’s Most Powerful Rocket Booster

This week, in middle-of-nowhere Utah, a NASA contractor tested the rocket booster that will get future astronauts to deep space. I went.
Sarah Scoles
6.29.16
nasa

Watch as NASA Tests the Rocket Motor that Could Take Us to Mars

Scientists will test the motor that will power the Space Launch System rocket booster.
Amy Thompson
6.28.16
nasa

NASA’s New Mars-Bound Space Launch System Is a Go

The rocket that will take the first humans to Mars just passed its design review and is ready for production
Daniel Oberhaus
10.26.15
videos

This Is the Rocket Engine That Will Take Us to Mars

​The RS-25 rocket engine is so complex, NASA had to burn a few before it learned how to start them.
Emanuel Maiberg
8.13.15
nasa

NASA Chief: 'The Journey to Mars Is Real, and It's Attainable'

NASA administrator Charles Bolden said there is a "growing consensus" at the agency that it will be able to fly humans to Mars in the 2030s.
Jason Koebler
5.5.15
nasa

The Ship That Will Take Humans to Mars Takes Its First Flight This Week

Thursday’s test will be unmanned, but it’s still an important step.
Jason Koebler
12.2.14
Space

Building the Largest Rocket in History Calls for the Largest Tools

Custom-built for its Space Launch System, NASA unveils the largest spacecraft welding tool in the world.
Amy Shira Teitel
9.13.14
Space

NASA's Next Rocket Is So Big, the Sound of It Launching Could Damage Buildings

But small scale acoustic testing is helping make sure that doesn't actually happen.
Amy Shira Teitel
8.21.14
Space

Inside the Rocket Engine Powering the Future of Space Exploration

NASA's updated RS-25 engine is powerful enough to to send men and machines beyond Earth orbit to the giant planets of our Solar System. Probably.
Amy Shira Teitel
7.23.14
Features

Why NASA Needs to Build Its Giant New Space Launch System

Without it, a trip to Mars is in doubt.
Amy Shira Teitel
5.14.14