Innovate, Explore, Discover
SLS lift capacity and performance enables a variety of missions including human exploration, planetary science, astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary defense and commercial space endeavors. Explore some of these exciting missions below:
Asteroid Redirect Mission
Mission Objective: Rendezvous, capture and return an asteroid to lunar orbit for long-term future human exploration.
SLS enables direct injection of the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) spacecraft to a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) target, eliminates the outbound and shortens overall mission time by two years.
Humans To Mars
Mission Objective: Enable human exploration of the Red Planet allowing scientific investigation of what was believed to be a warmer, wetter world which could have supported primitive life forms.
The fully evolved SLS enables a crewed mission to the Martian surface with the fewest number of launches, thus reducing overall risk and minimizing cost.
The spacecraft will investigate the Jupiter’s moon’s ice shell, the existence of a subsurface liquid ocean and surface-ice-ocean exchange processes.
Eliminating Venus and Earth flybys, SLS provides a direct launch to the Jovian system, arriving four years earlier than missions utilizing existing launch vehicles.
Learn more about these and other SLS-enabled missions here.