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Rocket Road Trip: Watch a new video series on NASA's human spaceflight program

Posted By Jason Davis

28-11-2016 7:18 CST

Topics: Horizon Goal

Way down south in the United States, NASA's human spaceflight centers are in the midst of a once-in-a-generation transformation.

From Florida to Texas, five NASA facilities have designed, built and flown its rockets for more than half a century. After the space shuttles retired in 2011, the agency has been working a new rocket called the Space Launch System, and a crew capsule called Orion. They are part of a plan to send humans beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972.

To see how these programs are doing, The Planetary Society went on 10-day, 450-mile journey throughout the South. We called it the Rocket Road Trip.

So strap in, fuel up and prepare to launch into this five-part video series featuring a behind-the-scenes look at NASA's deep space human exploration program.

You can also click here to watch the entire playlist on YouTube.

Need to catch up on our Horizon Goal series about NASA's human spaceflight program? 

Part 1: How The Columbia Tragedy Shifted NASA's Sights To The Moon
Part 2: 'Apollo on Steroids': The Rise and Fall of NASA's Constellation Moon Program
Part 3: Space in transition: How Obama's White House charted a new course for NASA
Part 4: To Mars, with a monster rocket: How politicians and engineers created NASA's Space Launch System
Part 5: The flexible path to Mars: SLS, Orion and NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

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dougforworldsexplr: 12/11/2016 08:54 CST

Hi Jason; I enjoyed watching or listening to you and Casey Dreier tour some of the NASA facilities where the Space Launch System is being assembled. Although I think the SpaceX program is good too but I also support NASA's Space Launch System and Orion module program. It might be more expensive, although it could be reduced if they make more copies, it is still more proven and reliable technology as the flight test will hopefully start to prove soon. Anyway my question to you is what do you think the possibilities are that with the new Trump administration that they will help the SLS actually get somewhere significant in the near future namely the surface of the Moon and have you heard if there have been any serious efforts started yet in the detailed planning and start of manufacture of a descent/ascent module like a higher tech Lunar Module that is needed to get astronauts and supplies to the surface of the Moon to start a possible long-term human base there? Also have you heard there is any specific budget commitment by the new Trump administration and the new Congress for surface infrastructure for a possible long-term human base on the surface of the Moon such as life-support, communications or transportation infrastructure?

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