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.
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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