Late last year, NASA announced plans to develop its next generation launch system. As the space agency's latest renderings show, this monstrous rocket will truly be able to take us to Mars — and well beyond.

Called the Space Launch System (SLS), it's poised to be the world's most powerful launch vehicle. Currently under construction, it will enable human exploration of deep space, including asteroids, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and locations beyond that. Indeed, NASA claims that the system could make "outside the box" science missions possible.

Can you imagine what this thing will look like when it takes off?

This is essentially outmoded technology. It's a shame NASA doesn't have the kind of Congressional fiscal support to develop nuclear rockets, rather than recycling 40 plus year old Apollo era chemical rockets. To read more, click here.