Change the name of NASA's SLS to Jupiter IV

Change the name of NASA's SLS to Jupiter IV

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David Willis started this petition to NASA

In the NASA authorization act of 2010, NASA was given the directive to develop a new rocket known as the “Space Launch System” or SLS. Despite it's vast performance upgrades, this name choice is a significant downgrade from the Ares rockets of the Constellation program, or the mighty Saturn rockets of the Apollo program. Yet the name “SLS” seems to have stuck. Disappointingly, what was almost certainly supposed to be a placeholder name has effectively become the rocket’s official name.  

For reference, when SLS lifts off it will become the most powerful rocket ever built in human history (with a notable exception being the failed soviet N1 rocket).

The worlds' most powerful rocket deserves a name of equal grandeur. A name that inspires awe across the world. A name that commands respect for such a titanic launch vehicle. “Space Launch System” is not that name. 

Today, we aim to fix this issue once and for all. Our proposal is to re-name NASA's SLS to Jupiter IV. Here's why our proposed name is a perfect fit—

  • The Jupiter part of the name is derived from the Roman god of the sky.
  • In Roman mythology, Jupiter was the successor to Saturn, just as the Jupiter IV will be the successor to the Saturn V.
  • Jupiter was the god who placed Orion into the sky, just as Jupiter IV will place the Orion spacecraft into the sky for the Artemis missions.
  • The “IV” is in reference to the four RS-25 engines that power the core stage of the rocket.
  • The Use of Roman Numerals (IV) as opposed to Arabic numerals (4) is a homage to the Saturn V of the Apollo program.
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