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Originally posted by treemanx
I'm no expert.....but man expatwhite, your avatar scared the crap out of me!
No, seriously though, I thought the last word from the current administration was no-go on the moon and defund the heck out of NASA? This is certainly interesting, thanks for posting!
But White House officials said that President Obama wants NASA to begin work on building a new heavy lift rocket sooner than envisioned under the cancelled Constellation programme, with a commitment to decide in 2015 on the specific rocket that will take astronauts deeper into space.
"This is a rocket that is going to happen two years earlier than would've happened under the past programme," a senior White House official said.
Originally posted by fieryjaguarpaw
A heavy lift rocket will not take us deeper into space (Constellations now cancelled Ares V was a heavy lift rocket) It would just put larger payloads into Earth orbit. Something like VASAMIR(sp?) would be the type of thing that would take us "deeper into space".
What is really nessed up though is that according to this article we will take 5 YEARS!!! to simply decide on what rocket we will eventually build. Is this a joke!? FIVE YEARS just to pick a design!?
How can "a White House senior official" say that the rocket will happen TWO years sooner than the Constellation plan would have taken, when Constellation picked a design several years ago and had already started basic testing of the design, but this new plan won't even pick a design for another FIVE years?