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Originally posted by Xeven
Maybe we can move this along and Develope a Joint CEV and go to moon and mars together.
Originally posted by NWguy83
The Soyuz would be used for just 1 or 2 years, from the time the shuttle retires till the CEV enters service.
The Russian would just love that, piggy-back on our glory.
When we landed on the Moon we planted an American flag, and when we go back we will do the same. And guess what we will plant on Mars...
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
Ah now we can finally get back to building the ISS. The European Space Agency's laboratory module Columbus has been ready to go up for awhile.
O wait the Soyuz rocket cant lift it into space infact nothing other the shuttle can lift a majority of the stations larger componets in space.
Well those rockets will still be good for supply missions
The bill was introduced Sept. 15 by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) to provide temporary relief from provisions in the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 that bar U.S. purchases of Russian human spaceflight hardware as long as Russia continues to help Iran in its pursuit of nuclear know-how and advanced weapons technology.
Originally posted by ArchAngel
Columbus Launch Mass is 12,800 KG.
The Russian Proton rocket has a maximum lift capability of over 20 metric tons.
More than enough for Columbus, and a boost rocket.