NASA getting SLS megarockets ready for crewed moon missions

The giant rockets that will carry NASA astronauts to the moon a few years from now are really starting to come together. 

In a brief status update posted on Tuesday (Jan. 11), NASA officials wrote that the agency and its manufacturing partners have made “great progress” on putting together the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for Artemis 2, a crewed moon-orbiting mission targeted to lift off in 2024. Testing and manufacturing of SLS parts is also underway for the moon-landing Artemis 3 mission, now slated for no earlier than 2025, and its successor Artemis 4, the agency said.