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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Paving The Way for the Future...

A 'Block II' cargo version of the Space Launch System lifts off into the night sky from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida...as illustrated by Misho Katulic.
Image courtesy of Misho Katulic and NASA's Space Launch System - Facebook.com

Work is now underway to begin modifications on the Mobile Launcher (shown below) from which NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will lift off from as early as 2017. While the maiden flight of the mammoth vehicle that will hopefully take astronauts to the Moon, Mars and beyond is only three years away, it may be another decade till we see SLS' 'Block II' cargo configuration (shown above in this terrific illustration by Misho Katulic) take off from Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Patience is a virtue...

Modification work begins on the Mobile Launcher for NASA's Space Launch System rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Florida...on April 4, 2014.
NASA / Cory Huston

Modification work continues on the Mobile Launcher for NASA's Space Launch System rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Florida...on April 22, 2014.
NASA / Daniel Casper

Modification work continues on the Mobile Launcher for NASA's Space Launch System rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Florida...on April 22, 2014.
NASA / Daniel Casper

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