Changes planned for NASA’s big­gest rocket

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sta­tion that will be part sci­ence lab, part habi­ta­tion mod­ule and part com­mu­ni­ca­tions hub. “We’re ac­tively work­ing through ad­di­tional de­sign op­por­tu­ni­ties to lighten the stage and in­crease its per­for­mance and take even more out to the lu­nar area so that the Gate­way can be built and we can get hu­man boots back on the sur­face of the Moon,” said John Shan­non, vice pres­i­dent and pro­gramme man­ager for the Space Launch Sys­tem.

The news fol­lows NASA’s de­ci­sion to slow the in­tro­duc­tion of the EUS. It is now due to launch in 2024, four years later than orig­i­nally en­vis­aged.

Boe­ing has the con­tract to man­u­fac­ture the Space Launch Sys­tem

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