NASA gave Americans their first look this weekend at what it described as "the most powerful rocket ever built," one that is planned to take American astronauts back to the moon for the first time in nearly five decades.
The Space Launch System, NASA's newest launching endeavor, will allow astronauts to "begin their journey to explore destinations far into the solar system," according to the space agency. Currently the farthest any human being has ever been from Earth has been on the far side of the moon during lunar abort.
At the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, NASA allowed the public to see a test of the rocket's strength, when a mock-up of the fuel tank was subject to enormous pressure in order to test its durability. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine declared the test a "success."