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Launch to moonThe NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton Roads, Va., will be responsible for the abort systems.
In this artist's rendering, a rocket assembled in Earth orbit takes off for the moon--or Mars.
Also at Langley, a separate NASA project involves wind-tunnel testing for the subscale X-48B Blended Wing Body prototype. It's being developed by Boeing Phantom Works, NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will lead the Mission Operations Project to plan systems engineering processes. Here is an artist's conception of the cargo launch.