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Artists rendering of SLS on launch pad  (Source: NASA)
The SLS will carry man to Mars one day and is made for the Orion crew capsule





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RE: Great day for NASA
By retrospooty on 9/15/2011 8:01:33 AM , Rating: 2
"I really hope this won't be a victim of budget cuts and cancellation in the future"

Alot of people are bummed about the space shuttle program cancellation, but the reality is, that is was designed to get us into space and be cheaper and safer than rocket tech. It wound up being more expensive and alot less safe ( remember the 16 dead astronauts) - that is why it was cancelled.


RE: Great day for NASA
By MrBlastman on 9/15/2011 12:30:58 PM , Rating: 2
Safety is a side issue. Astronauts know this. They take risks that few others would or could.

The shuttle, despite being costly, captured the minds of our public, which is extremely valuable. It was also very flexible and versatile once in orbit, unlike a manned capsule. This versatility allowed it to fill a large number of roles rather than a specially-built capsule. It wasn't perfect, but it did help us separate from simple orbits to actually being able to do things in space.

I'll miss the shuttle, for sure. I want us to get to Mars, but I also would like us to develop an independent spacecraft allowing true spaceflight. The shuttle was a stepping-stone in that direction.


RE: Great day for NASA
By retrospooty on 9/15/2011 1:00:52 PM , Rating: 2
"This versatility allowed it to fill a large number of roles rather than a specially-built capsule"


This is true, but there are other plans to do all that other type stuff, there are cargo plans, and research plans - much of which is now able to be done on the ISS now.

Regardless, the shuttle was intended, and designed to be cheaper and safer than standard rocket tech ala 1960's/70's and it was neither. The only real shame of it all was that it took so long to determine that. The rest is just nostalgia.


RE: Great day for NASA
By MrTeal on 9/15/2011 2:38:53 PM , Rating: 2
I have no problem with the shuttle program. It might not haev been the best way to go, but it was executed and followed through on despite its obvious shortcomings.

What I've hated to see lately if the constantly shifting goalposts and stop-start cycles on programs in the last 20 years. It seems every time a new president enters the Oval Office there's a new vision of space exploration. Bush starts Constellation but doesn't properly fund it. Obama comes in and scraps Constellation, moving to SLS. What I don't want to see is SLS canceled in 5 years and after 8 billion has been spent because they decide there's another recession on, and we'll just wait it out and build something cheaper down the road.


RE: Great day for NASA
By rcc on 9/15/2011 4:16:07 PM , Rating: 2
From your post I gather you don't think the shuttle used rockets???


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