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Nasa Approves Rocket To Take Humans To Mars

Nasa has approved construction of the world's most powerful rocket designed to take astronauts to Mars.

The $7bn (£4.2bn) Space Launch System (SLS) is scheduled to blast off for a test launch in November 2018.

It will potentially take humans to the red planet for the first time by the 2030s.

Nasa administrator Charles Bolden said: "We are on a journey of scientific and human exploration that leads to Mars.

"And we're firmly committed to building a launch vehicle and other supporting systems that will take us on that journey."

The SLS will have a lift capacity of up to 143-tonnes which means it can travel deep into the solar system.

Nasa's associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said: "Our nation is embarked on an ambitious space exploration programme, and we owe it to the American taxpayers to get it right.

"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."

The funding was approved after a smaller model of the rocket passed an internal review.

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Re: Nasa Approves Rocket To Take Humans To Mars

wonder how they gonna deal with cosmic radiation and the downsides of the 62% lower gravity on Mars.

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Old 08-30-2014, 11:12 AM
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That's okay. No need to make a reservation for me. I'll keep my feet planted firmly on Earth, thanks.

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Just one rocket? This plan will change radically to include building a craft in orbit. No way would one rocket suffice for such a journey. They would go mad.

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2018? But I want it now!

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Re: Nasa Approves Rocket To Take Humans To Mars

This has "bad idea" written all over it.

I hate to say it, but when an environment by simple way of physics turns people inside out the minute they enter it, then it's probably a sign that we shouldn't spend too much time there.

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^ Mars does have an atmosphere. No vacuum.

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Meanwhile, back on earth -


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No way, crazy.

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Re: Nasa Approves Rocket To Take Humans To Mars

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^ Mars does have an atmosphere. No vacuum.
I just meant space in general.

Does Mars have breathable air? I don't know much about it, aside from what I saw in the original Total Recall.

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