posted on Nov, 29 2007 @ 09:19 AM
reply to post by DamnedDirtyApes
The Space shuttle was designed in the 1970s and first flew 26 years ago in 1981. The F-15 fighter jet was designed in the 1960s and first flew 35
years ago, in 1972. Granted, these aircraft are getting old, And they have required updating through the years due to the advancement of computer
avionics, but the basic technology concept is not outdated
. In fact, the U.S. Airforce plans to keep the F-15 in service for another 15 to 20
True, a Mars craft will be much more complex than an F-15, or even the Space Shuttle, but Feruary 2031 is ONLY about 23 years away. Obviously we will
have advancements in technology in the next 20+ years, and I expect those advancements to be part of the Mars Spacecraft, just like advancements in
computer technology have become part of the Space Shuttle over the past 26 years. However, I see no reason the say that the concepts
general technology we lay down today regarding the Mars Mission will be outdated in 23 years. History has shown us otherwise.
Plus 23 years will pass very quickly (look at the 30+ year old Shuttle Program), so we need to get started NOW with designing the Mars Mission, and
NASA knows that, seeing that they started seriously considering and "schematically designing" the Mars mission several years ago.