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Artist concept of the Space Launch System (SLS) in flight
Artist Concept: Space Launch System in Flight

Artist concept of the SLS in flight. The SLS is an advanced, heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new capability for science and human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The first SLS mission -- Exploration Mission 1 -- in 2017 will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to demonstrate the inte­grated system performance of the SLS rocket and spacecraft prior to a crewed flight. The second SLS mission, Exploration Mission 2, is targeted for 2021 and will launch Orion and a crew of up to four astronauts. 

Image credit: NASA

(Concept updated Aug. 1, 2013)

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› Photo: Preliminary Design Review at MSFC
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Page Last Updated: August 1st, 2013
Page Editor: Brooke Boen