See how NASA's new mega rocket, the Space Launch System, measures up for deep space missions in this SPACE.com infographic.

See how NASA's new mega rocket, the Space Launch System, measures up for deep space missions in this SPACE.com infographic.

Reusable Rocket Launch Systems: How They Work (Infographic) space.com #space #spaceshuttle #spacecraft

Reusable Rocket Launch Systems: How They Work (Infographic) space.com #space #spaceshuttle #spacecraft

NASA conducts static-fire test of the RS-25 engines to be used for Space Launch System - SpaceNews.com

NASA conducts static-fire test of the RS-25 engines to be used for Space Launch System - SpaceNews.com

Photos: NASA's Space Launch System for Deep Space Flights | Giant NASA Rockets & Orion Space Capsule, Space Launch System | Human Spaceflight, Deep Space Missions & Asteroid, Mars

Photos: NASA's Space Launch System for Deep Space Flights | Giant NASA Rockets & Orion Space Capsule, Space Launch System | Human Spaceflight, Deep Space Missions & Asteroid, Mars

NASA's massive Space Launch System rocket is slated for a 2018 launch

NASA's massive Space Launch System rocket is slated for a 2018 launch

The interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS) for the first flight of NASA's Space Launch System

The interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS) for the first flight of NASA's Space Launch System

In August 2013, #NASA performed a "hot fire" test of the modified RS-25 engine, for which which will be used on the Space Launch System. (Credit: NASA/MSFC)

In August 2013, #NASA performed a "hot fire" test of the modified RS-25 engine, for which which will be used on the Space Launch System. (Credit: NASA/MSFC)

NASA's Space Launch System inches even closer to flight

NASA's Space Launch System inches even closer to flight

Space Launch System, or SLS, begins a bolder mission for NASA and the world -- a new era of exploration unlike anything we've done before.

Space Launch System, or SLS, begins a bolder mission for NASA and the world -- a new era of exploration unlike anything we've done before.

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