Lawmakers Call for 1st NASA SLS Rocket to be Named for Last Man on Moon

Two U.S. lawmakers have authored new legislation to name the first of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rockets after the last man to leave footprints on the moon.

Culbertson and Aderholt introduced their bill in the House of Representatives on the same day that NASA said it was initiating a study to look at flying astronauts on its maiden SLS flight, presently known as Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1).

If Culbertson’s and Aderholt’s resolution passes the House and Senate and is signed by President Trump, the “Cernan 1” would become the latest U.S. rocket to bear an astronaut’s name. Blue Origin, the Seattle-based spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, named its suborbital and orbital vehicles the New Shepard and New Glenn after original Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard and John Glenn, respectively.


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