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Sep 14, 2011 6:27 AM by Kate Richards

NASA has new plans for a rocket

WASHINGTON (AP) - NASA is unveiling its design for a gigantic new rocket, bigger than the one that sent astronauts to the moon. And it will go even farther away.

NASA on Wednesday will detail its much-delayed plans for the rocket, called the Space Launch System, which will cost about $35 billion. That's according to senior Obama administration officials and information obtained by The Associated Press. It will carry astronauts in a capsule on top and start test launching in six years.

The liquid-fueled rocket will be able to carry 77 to 110 tons into space initially. Later it will be able to haul 143 tons. The Saturn V that sent men to the moon could lift 130 tons.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement was not yet made.

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