On Sept. 14, 2011, NASA announced plans for the Space Launch System (SLS), the driving force behind the American space program for the foreseeable future. In terms of technology, it’s made of something old, something new, quite a bit that’s borrowed -- and that’s making some critics blue. How much do you know about the future of American spaceflight?
Question 1 of 20
When did the space shuttle fly its final mission?
Question 2 of 20
What was the name of the original successor program to the space shuttle?
Question 3 of 20
What was the primary mission of that program?
Question 4 of 20
The SLS will be the most powerful launch vehicle ever built. What veteran of the space program currently holds that title?
Question 5 of 20
NASA hopes the first SLS flight will occur in what year?
Question 6 of 20
How much will the initial SLS weigh?
Question 7 of 20
Which leftover parts from the space shuttle program will the initial SLS craft use?
Question 8 of 20
What's the J-2X?
Question 9 of 20
Which of the following choices best represents the volume of the SLS’s cargo faring?
Question 10 of 20
The five-stage version of the solid rocket booster was originally developed for which program?
Question 11 of 20
What's the name of the vehicle in which astronauts will ride to space atop the SLS?
Question 12 of 20
How much habitable space will the astronaut crew occupy in the MPCV?
Question 13 of 20
Which part(s) of the MPCV will return to Earth?
Question 14 of 20
What's the purpose of the spacecraft adaptor?
Question 15 of 20
How much is NASA expected to spend on SLS over the next six years?
Question 16 of 20
During launch, a small rocket sits atop the SLS’s crew vehicle. Why is it there?
Question 17 of 20
What derisive nickname did critics attach to the SLS?
Question 18 of 20
How much does it currently cost to send American astronauts to the International Space Station aboard Russian spacecraft?
Question 19 of 20
How many SLS missions have been planned and funded?
Question 20 of 20