Item #: SPA01850-46163
NASA's Constellation Program is getting to work on the new spacecraft that will return humans to the moon and blaze a trail to Mars and beyond. This artist's rendering represents the release of the cover for a lunar lander and solid rocket booster separation following the launch of a cargo launch vehicle, which will carry a lunar lander and a departure stage needed to leave Earth's orbit. The heavy-lift system uses a pair of longer solid rocket boosters and five updated Apollo-era engines to put up to 125 metric tons in orbit. This versatile system will be used to put the components needed to go to the moon and Mars into orbit. (NASA Media Archives).