NASA’s Space Launch System First Core Unveiled (Watch)

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The Controversial and Expensive Space Launch System is One Step Closer to Taking Americans Back to the Moon. 

Senator Richard Shelby’s (R- Alabama) pet project—a ridiculously large and expensive rocket called the Space Launch System (SLS)—got all kinds of attention today. The SLS is the biggest and most powerful rocket NASA’s ever designed and built. And throughout its development, it’s faced delays and criticism from all sides.

On one hand, it’s not a bad thing that NASA want’s its own big rocket. After all, SpaceX and Boeing have proven just as unreliable when it comes to timetables as the SLS team. So complete dependence on commercial partnerships isn’t necessarily the way to go.

On the other hand, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy would probably do the job of getting astronauts to the Moon for a fraction of what an SLS launch will cost. 

For its part, NASA has requested a different option for Artemis several times. They’ve been denied, however, because the Space Launch System—as I started out mentioning—is Sen. Shelby’s pet project.

Why Does That Matter?

Sen. Shelby happens to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee, which controls the purse-strings for NASA and other government organizations. And Shelby wants his big rocket, which happens to be a big deal to his constituents in Rocket-city (Huntsville) Alabama, where a big part of the rocket is being designed and built. So despite NASA’s preference to move to a commercial option, Congress mandated that the agency use the SLS on the Artemis mission.

And Here We Are, Ready to See the First Stage of the Space Launch System

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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