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NASA and Boeing have been working together since 2012 to build the most powerful rocket in history, the Space Launch System (SLS), with the intention of sending humans to Mars and other deep space targets in the coming decades. But while the project started with lofty goals, it has since been plagued by delays, soaring costs, and most recently, a scathing audit from NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Released on Wednesday, the OIG audit admonishes Boeing for its “poor performance” and NASA for “unacceptable” practices concerning the late delivery of two rocket components known as Core Stages that Boeing is contracted to build. Powered by four RS-25 engines, the same boosters used on the retired Space Shuttles, the core
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