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NASA's newest rocket will be the largest rocket ever constructed, standing 400 feet tall -- 40 feet taller than the massive Saturn V rockets that carried men to the moon. The new Space Launch System is designed to send astronauts to asteroids or even Mars. "After rigorous review, we're committing today to a funding level and readiness date that will keep us on track to sending humans to Mars in the 2030s -- and we're going to stand behind that commitment," NASA associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said.

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"The new Space Launch System is designed to send astronauts to asteroids or even Mars."

Is there really no one with a terminal illness who wouldn't mind Mars being their final resting place?

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2014-09-01 07:32 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Thank You Citigroup !!!

What?!? oh.. well the NASA rocket costs 7 billion right?

DR News: "...The $7 billion deal that Citigroup agreed to strike with the Justice Department involves one of the largest cash penalties ever paid to settle a federal inquiry into a bank suspected of mortgage misdeeds."

Great Science funded by Evil Executives... yea, lets go to Mars and spread the love yu'all!

Again... Thank You Citigroup !

#2 | Posted by Pegasus at 2014-09-01 07:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

"The new Space Launch System is designed to send astronauts to asteroids or even Mars. "

Why? There's nothing there. Sounds like a jobs program for NASA workers.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-09-01 08:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

We'll see if it's still funded in a few years.

After all there is wall street to bail out at 40B a month.

#4 | Posted by bat4255 at 2014-09-01 08:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

This thing uses recycled Apollo and Space Shuttle engines. Apollo was an incredible achievement but it was nearly 50 years ago. 50 years after the Wright Brothers flew we weren't dusting off plans for their little 4-banger and using that same engine in our latest airplane. We were building jets. It's a sad day and a waste of money if that's the best we can do. We'll never go to Mars on '60s vintage rocket engines. It would be 'way to expensive.

#5 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-09-01 08:26 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

" 40 feet taller than the massive Saturn V rockets that carried men to the moon."

Old technology, but bigger. When NASA can build a warp engine or TARDIS, beam me up.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-09-01 08:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

Needs
Another
Sanity
Assessment

#7 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-09-01 09:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

50 years after the Wright Brothers flew we weren't dusting off plans for their little 4-banger and using that same engine in our latest airplane.

The Wright bothers didn't fly the most powerful airplane successfully flown at Kitty Hawk, did they?

As far as I know the F1 is still the most powerful rocket engine successfully flown. Is there something else in existence to beat it? Maybe, I'm not an insider in the industry. All I know is the Falcon Heavy rocket (from SpaceX) hasn't flown yet and IIRC the inaugural launch has been pushed back a few times. It also is not an improvement for payload capacity to LEO.

It's a sad day and a waste of money if that's the best we can do.

How much development do you think has been done and how plausible would it have been given the lack of interest in funding NASA well?

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2014-09-01 10:47 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

"When NASA can build a warp engine or TARDIS, beam me up."

CERN is working on that. :)

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2014-09-01 10:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

It also is not an improvement for payload capacity to LEO.

Never mind, I didn't pay attention to the units when I read the numbers.

Not only is the Falcon Heavy not an improvement, it only has a LEO capacity of about half the Saturn V.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2014-09-01 10:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

en.wikipedia.org

There you go somebody. Developments and improvements have been made and will be used.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2014-09-01 10:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

It will never fly. Poor NASA is stuck in a political loop. Propose golden ticket project they can't afford. Get yelled at. Propose it again and never fix the problems because the only way to pretend it is affordable is recycle shuttle tech. It is a self defeating loop.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-09-02 07:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

A political decision. Why? We should learn to live on the moon before we tackle Mars.

#13 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-09-02 09:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

A political decision. Why?

#13 | POSTED BY NUTCASE AT 2014-09-02 09:52 AM | FLAG:

Jobs in certain Senator's districts requiring the program to recycle shuttle parts even when cheaper alternatives can be made. It's not about getting anywhere. If you want to get somewhere efficiently, smaller rockets using an orbital fuel station is currently cheaper and more flexible according to several studies.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-09-02 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

"...sending humans to Mars in the 2030s..."

By then, it should be hybrid with plenty of leg room.

#15 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-09-02 12:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

If America is serious about space, and
advancement in propulsion (which it's not)
it should merge at least part of DARPA
with NASA (thereby greatly increasing the
budget for such research, as well as pooling
resources and minds), and work on building unique
forms of space and near space travel technology...

Scramjets, Ramjets, Ion propulsion, Nuclear propulsion,
Solar Sails, etc...

What is needed is the testing of new technologies,
with a larger (more serious) budget, that would have
co-applications w Defense...

#16 | Posted by earthmuse at 2014-09-02 01:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

WWWVBD? - What Would Wernher Von Braun Do ?

Under NASA, he served as director of the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center and as the chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the superbooster that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon.[1] According to one NASA source, he is "without doubt, the greatest rocket scientist in history".[2] His crowning achievement was to lead the development of the Saturn V booster rocket that helped land the first men on the Moon in July 1969.[3] In 1975 he received the National Medal of Science.

sigh... Sure miss that crazy Nazi ...

NASA has never been the same since he died...

#17 | Posted by Pegasus at 2014-09-02 09:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

A political decision. Why?

Putin needs to announce a Minsk to Mars flight. That'd get the righties to open their wallets.

sigh... Sure miss that crazy Nazi ...

NASA has never been the same since he died..

And Hell has been a little bit fuller. Wonder if Satan does a countdown before Wehrner's pineapple insertions.

#18 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-09-02 11:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

@ Pegasus

It's funny the people we miss when they're gone.

I thought Robin Williams was a has been.

The moment I heard he was gone I cried inside.

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2014-09-03 12:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

We should learn to live on the moon before we tackle Mars.

#13 | POSTED BY NUTCASE

Mars is probably more inhabitable than the moon and it likely has natural resources that could be beneficial. The moon is a lifeless rock.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-09-03 08:10 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Now, if we were to discover a monolith on the moon...

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-09-03 08:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

hahah... announcing the new and improved, bigger, taller, shoots farther and, "we're going to stand behind that" money pit thingee that'll never fly.

We might as well be North Korea.

#22 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-09-03 09:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

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