28 August 2014
The Associated Press reported that NASA’s Space Launch System passed a key internal review on Wednesday, allowing engineers to move forward with further planning. However, the rocket’s first launch has been pushed back from 2017 to 2018. William Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, said that the SLS could still launch in 2017, but NASA did not want to commit to a date it was not certain it could reach. Gerstenmaier said, “Everyone wants to focus on the launch date, but we don’t want to get specific right now. ... We’re building a system that’s going to be around for multiple decades.” (Image Credit: NASA)
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