Since the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) rose from the ashes of the terminated human-exploration Constellation Program in 2010, NASA engineers and scientists have made a cottage industry of figuring out what to do with it. Designed as a compromise replacement for the Ares family of launchers killed early in the administration of President Barack Obama, which wanted to turn U.S. space access over to the private sector, the SLS is meant to take humans to Mars. Congress has consistently ...

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