2 of 12Image
Moon rocketsNASA took a big step Monday toward sending astronuts to the moon and beyond by handing out work assignments for Project Constellation. The goal of the project is to send astronauts back to the moon and is seen by NASA as just a step toward mankind's next giant leap--Mars.
The Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be responsible for the ground operations of the launch and landing sites. The bigger rocket will blast the mission's cargo into Earth orbit and the smaller one will carry the astronauts and the vehicle that will land on the moon.
The Johnson Space Center in Houston will be the base for mission control, and for overall management of Project Constellation. In this photo from 1970, engineers discover that the spacecraft in the Apollo 13 mission--an early and aborted lunar landing effort--is leaking oxygen.
The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will design the Crew Launch Vehicle's first stage and is responsible for launch vehicle testing.