NASA Unveils Super-Sized Rocket for Deep Space Missions

September 14, 2011 Updated Sep 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM EDT

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NASA Unveils Super-Sized Rocket for Deep Space Missions

September 14, 2011 Updated Sep 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM EDT

NASA on Wednesday unveiled the design for its new heavy-lift rocket that will transport astronauts on deep space missions in the future, according to a story on Space.com.

"The next chapter of America's space exploration story is being written today," NASA administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden said during a news briefing announcing the Space Launch System, according to the story.

The report says the SLS rocket's first test flight is targeted for the end of 2017.

Watch video and read the Space.com story HERE.