Concept for NASA’s monster rocket passes critical test — and gets an updated look

The design for NASA’s future monster rocket — dubbed the Space Launch System (SLS) — passed its last critical design review. That means NASA found that the vehicle’s specifications hold up, and the agency has deemed the design capable of launching into space. Now, engineers can begin the process of building and assembling the rocket, to get ready for its next major review in 2017. That test will determine how well the manufactured rocket matches up to its original design.

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