See how NASA’s new lunar mega-rocket sizes up to past and future astronaut launch systems

The Space Launch System (SLS) is 17 years and an estimated $50 billion in the making. It’s designed to fly astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972. If Artemis I goes well, the next SLS mission will send an Orion spaceship around the moon with astronauts on board. The following mission, according to NASA’s plan, will see two astronauts board a SpaceX Starship in lunar orbit and land them on the moon. The current iteration of SLS, called Block 1, stands taller than the Statue of Liberty at 322 feet.

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