posted on Aug, 31 2014 @ 10:30 PM
originally posted by: astroroach
Before you get all excited about SLS and Mars, you should read this article.
"...NASA wants everyone to be thinking about Mars. But no actual Mars missions were mentioned. No timeline was offered. No budget to do the whole Mars
thing was available...at no point has NASA identified a single penny that might be used to pay for such missions."
The fact is, only two SLS missions are funded - one manned test and one unmanned.
a reply to: lostbook
True, these are the only two funded missions, but it is not true that they have not mentioned anything about Mars missions in relation to the SLS.
In the similar thread I made a couple of days ago about the SLS, I gave a link to a NASA article in which they mentioned that they are still
"committed" (albeit, that is a vague term) to a manned mars mission by the end of the 2030s. NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot had this
to say about the SLS and Mars:
Our nation is embarked on an ambitious space exploration program, and we owe it to the American taxpayers to get it right,” said Associate
Administrator Robert Lightfoot, who oversaw the review process. “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.
Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars
Granted, and as you pointed out, nothing has been funded other than these two SLS flights. However, I'm just pointing out that it is not completely
accurate to say (as you wrote) [b ]"...But no actual Mars missions were mentioned. No timeline was offered. They did mention that the SLS is one
of the first steps toward a manned Mars Mission, and they offer a very rough timeline. Sure -- without funding, that is simply rhetoric, but at least
NASA seems to have an eye on a Mars mission.
Here is the full thread I made about the SLS a couple of days ago:
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