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U.S. Rocket Headed For Deep Space

Cassie Paton |
July 3, 2014 | 11:11 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Space Launch System will explore deep space, including Mars. (Twitter/@NASA)
Space Launch System will explore deep space, including Mars. (Twitter/@NASA)
The United States will finally foray back into space again—this time, with the most powerful rocket ever.

NASA approved a $2.8 billion contract with Boeing, which announced yesterday it has completed a critical design review, according to the L.A. Times.

The rocket—known as Space Launch System—is expected to take its first test flight in 2017. It will be launched into deep space, where it will explore Mars and asteroids.

Rocket production is estimated to cost about $6.8 billion between 2014 and 2018. Read more about Space Launch System at the L.A. Times.

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