NASA drops idea of putting humans on first flight of new rocket

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NASA has dropped the idea of putting astronauts aboard the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft — Exploration Mission-1, or EM-1 — the first in a broad series of exploration missions that will take humans to deep space, and eventually to Mars.

NASA's original plan was to launch the test flight without a crew, but in February, reportedly at the request of the Donald Trump administration, NASA began an effort looking at the feasibility of putting a crew aboard EM-1.

"After weighing the data and assessing all implications, the agency will continue pursuing the original plan for the first launch, as a rigorous flight test of the integrated systems without a crew," NASA said in a statement on Saturday.
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