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NASA's Next Steps in the Journey to Mars

 
 
Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2015 02:38 pm
Few days ago NASA released a plan outlining next steps to be taken in making Mars inhabitable to mankind. It can be seen in their website,
www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/journey-to-mars-next-steps-20151008_508.pdf

So, seems legit at first look and very daring I should say. At least it's very exciting....Let's see what happens next!

http://scitechdaily.com/images/NASA-Releases-Plan-Outlining-Next-Steps-in-the-Journey-to-Mars.jpg

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FBM
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2015 05:32 pm
@OregonFlyBy,
These are exciting times to be alive, eh?
oralloy
 
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Reply Wed 14 Oct, 2015 06:23 am

The Space Launch System is an interesting rocket.

The first stage of the rocket will be a "Space Shuttle External Fuel Tank" with four "Space Shuttle Main Engines" grafted to the bottom of it.

The booster rockets will at least initially be "Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters". However later on we might replace the boosters with kerosene-burning versions that will each have two "Saturn V Main Engines" in them.

The second stage will be based on the "Saturn V Third Stage" (although with four smaller engines instead of a single big engine).


But there is a problem. Congress is seriously underfunding the development of the rocket. Unless NASA gets a cash infusion, development of this rocket is going to slip further and further behind schedule.
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OregonFlyBy
 
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Reply Wed 14 Oct, 2015 01:39 pm
I'm surprised, that NASA's measurements on understanding how to project humans from deep space radiation hasn't even really started yet!? What are they doing there then? I suppose that would be the up most important thing before anything else. I mean, what's the use of sending humans there if they will die in cancer immediately....







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OregonFlyBy
 
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Reply Wed 14 Oct, 2015 01:46 pm
@FBM,
Yeah. I'm sure, that making a film called The Martian isn't a coincidence here. NASA needs money and people.

P.S. I haven't seen the movie yet, but should I ? Smile
FBM
 
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Reply Thu 15 Oct, 2015 05:47 am
@OregonFlyBy,
I haven't seen it yet, either. Hope nobody posts spoilers... Shocked
OregonFlyBy
 
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Reply Fri 23 Oct, 2015 08:57 am
@FBM,
I heard, that there is at least one major error in the film...there is a scene, where the wind is very hard like a storm. That cannot be true, because the atmosphere in Mars is so thin, that could never happen.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQFHxJvWUAUHUIG.jpg
engineer
 
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Reply Fri 23 Oct, 2015 12:35 pm
@OregonFlyBy,
Yes, go see the movie, it is excellent (the book is better still). No, the movie was not planned by NASA, it is based on a best selling book. Yes, the sand storm at the beginning is made up, the author admitted that since he needed something to start the book.
McGentrix
 
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Reply Fri 23 Oct, 2015 12:37 pm
@FBM,
FBM wrote:

I haven't seen it yet, either. Hope nobody posts spoilers... Shocked


It's all filmed on Earth. No one actually goes to Mars!

Twisted Evil
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OregonFlyBy
 
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Reply Fri 23 Oct, 2015 05:05 pm
@engineer,
I might as well do that Smile
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Brand X
 
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Reply Tue 27 Oct, 2015 08:33 am
The movie has people jazzed up about Mars and NASA certainly used the hype to help that along. I'm in the camp that believes humans will never survive the trip there, much less make it back. Too many things that can go wrong.....even if you solve problems one by one as Matt Damon says in the movie.
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