NASA won't be sending astronauts aboard the first integrated flight of the SLS rocket and the Orion capsule. it was initially considered but was scrapped later on.
NASA engineers test fired the brains of the SLS rocket scheduled for launch in 2018. Three more engines are scheduled for testing in the following months.
NASA received a 2018 budget of $19.1 billion, 5 percent lower than last years. The budget will support deep space explorations like the journey to Mars and moon. However, the cut will affect earth sciences programs.
NASA will look into the possibility of sending astronauts aboard the first flight of the SLS rocket. Exploration Mission 1 will be the maiden flight of Orion and SLS together.
NASA is concluding a series of successful tests in preparation for the first integrated flight in 2018, which include the Orbital ATK rocket test, the RS-25 engine test, the welding on the liquid hydrogen tank, and most recently, the Orion parachute test.