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Missions

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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:

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Asteroid Redirect Mission


Mission Objective:
Rendezvous, capture and return an asteroid to lunar orbit for long-term future human exploration.

Why SLS:
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.

MARs_SLS_Page-process-s500x333Humans 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.

Why SLS:
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.


Europa_SLS-process-s500x333Europa Clipper


Mission Objective:
The spacecraft will investigate the Jupiter’s moon’s ice shell, the existence of a subsurface liquid ocean and surface-ice-ocean exchange processes.

Why SLS:

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.

 

Did You Know?

How many pounds of thrust does the SLS 70 ton configuration produce? 

8.4 million pounds of thrust. That is more than 31 times the total thrust of a 747 jet and equivalent to 160,000 Corvette engines. The heavy-lift rocket will be the most powerful rocket ever developed, reducing deep space mission time and costs.

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