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NASA's building a better rocket
If humanity has any hope of exploring our solar system—specifically Mars and far flung asteroids in the short term—we're going to need insanely powerful rockets that have never existed—until now.
Last month, NASA in partnership with Orbital ATK contractor in Utah installed for testing the powerful solid rocket boosters that will help propel NASA's new Space Launch System to Mars and beyond (and will look something like this.) The SLS is designed to increase the speeds of spacecraft leaving Earth's orbit and cut the time needed to travel to the red planet significantly.
NASA will be officially testing the rocket boosters on March 11 with media on hand, but it looks like they're doing a few preliminary tests in the meantime as shown by this new video posted by NASA.
We're going to Mars people. It's happening.