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Originally posted by Xeven
What I heard him say is instead of spending money making a tiny little shuttle craft size spacecraft like orion he would rather spend money on developing the technologies to eventually build the USS Enterprise (the solar system version).
2031: February: NASA's manned expedition to Mars assembled in four Ares V rocket missions departs for the Red Planet. (A November 2007 projection by NASA's Robotic and Human Lunar Expeditions Strategic Roadmap Committee)
Russian experts are developing a nuclear engine that will make the flight time to Mars 20 times shorter and enable manned missions to the Red Planet. President Dmitry Medvedev unveiled the plan during his State of the Nation address to parliament in November 2009. The Keldysh Center in Moscow plans to have the unit up and running before 2015.