A NASA Social was held on August 18 at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, and at the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi to give the members of social and traditional media an opportunity to see the progress being made on sending humans to Mars. The event featured tours of the manufacturing facilities at Michoud where work is underway on the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) — NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket that will send humans to deep space destinations, a test firing of the mighty RS-25 rocket engine that will power the SLS, and other rare behind the scenes look at other things NASA is doing to get ready for the Journey to Mars and other deep space travel.