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    NASA is going to build a BIG launch vehicle! The goal is a rocket with significantly more lift capability than the Saturn V. If you are old enough to remember that behemoth, you will be as amazed as I concerning NASA's plans.

    What do you think of the new machine? What do you think about its ability to further the exploration of the solar system?

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    To be honest, I think robotic missions give more science for the buck.

    However, if NASA is going to launch manned missions, this looks like a sensible design. Using existing, tried & true engines, using strap-on boosters for different payload lift requirements, and putting the people in the pointy end where they can get out of Dodge in a hurry, are all good design decisions.

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    I give it 4 years and $7B in development costs before it's canceled. :P
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    Can Congress be trusted on this let alone anything? will a new administration come in next year and kill it like Obama did to Bush's unfunded rocket? If we are going to the Moon or Mars then we need a heavy lift for sure. It looks good on paper but I have to wonder if we are ever going to build a spaceship or is rockets and capsules it for awhile? Its a start only a shame they were not working on this ten years ago. Apollo 2.1
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    A tried and true approach is good. I think pushing for much greater lift capacity is great. Time will tell if a plan truly comes together.

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    Mars in the 2030's? Looks like I gotta wait til I'm in my 60's to see that :-(

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    Maybe you will live to see it. Doubtful that I will. I will be almost 80 by then If I'm still alive.

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    Yeah, not sure there is a very good reason for that kind of lift capacity - and I'm not at all sure they'll achieve it.

    They keep talking about putting people on Mars. I'm not at all sure there is adequate reason for that.

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    I give it 4 years and $7B in development costs before it's canceled. :P
    Exactly! This is nothing but job security for the good O boy network! They can't move beyond Apollo, but at least Obama is trying to move us ahead and not backwards like bush! But then in steps the good O boy network crying foul and were back to the stone age!

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    This rocket is designed to travel to mars? I thought Mars would require a new propulsion system to get humans there and back
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