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NASA Announces New Deep Space Exploration Vehicle

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The "Space Launch System," short SLS, will become NASA's next launch vehicle for human space exploration beyond the earth's orbit.

NASA said that SLS will provide a safe, affordable and sustainable technology to carry the Orion spacecraft into space. The SLS will also serve as backup for commercial and international partner transportation services to the International Space Station (ISS).

According to NASA, SLS will combine features from the Space Shuttle as well as the Constellation program. The device will be using a liquid oxygen propulsion system that will be built from the Space Shuttle's RS-25D/E core stage as well as the new J-2X engine. The total lift capacity initially will be 70 metric tons, or about 154,000 pounds. NASA believes that the capacity can be expanded to 130 metric tons in the future. The first flight is targeted for late 2017.

"NASA has been making steady progress toward realizing the president's goal of deep space exploration, while doing so in a more affordable way," NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said. "We have been driving down the costs on the Space Launch System and Orion contracts by adopting new ways of doing business and project hundreds of millions of dollars of savings each year."

SLS is designed as NASA's first new "space exploration-class" system since the Saturn V took astronauts to the moon more than 40 years ago. NASA hopes that SLS will enable it to explore "near-Earth asteroids, Mars and its moons and beyond."

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    ikyung , September 15, 2011 1:44 PM
    So, what country gets what planet/moons/stars? Or is it just first come first serve?
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    sinfulpotato , September 15, 2011 1:49 PM
    After any type of habitable civilization is built on any other large body it will more then likely become self governing.
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    seezur , September 15, 2011 2:02 PM
    ikyungSo, what country gets what planet/moons/stars? Or is it just first come first serve?


    Good question, there hasn't been new land discovered in a long time so I guess you would use the rules that applied when we were discovering and inhabiting new lands. By that I mean, first one to kill off all the indigenous inhabitants gets the planet.

    It worked for Spain......and everyone else.......
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 15, 2011 2:02 PM
    First come first serve & you know it. Unless the teritory maybe so useless,but then again it could be used as a penal colony.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2011 2:43 PM
    Yes, because space and the associated technologies involved haven't massively altered and improved the way we live here on Earth. Posterboi, you are an idiot. This is how progress is made, and the world will ALWAYS have problems. So should we have stayed in the dark ages . . .further back?
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    beardguy , September 15, 2011 3:42 PM
    Nasa Get's New Deep Space Probe, Owns Uranus.

    Joking aside, this is great news. Go NASA!
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    wild9 , September 15, 2011 4:27 PM
    SpaceflightYes, because space and the associated technologies involved haven't massively altered and improved the way we live here on Earth. Posterboi, you are an idiot. This is how progress is made, and the world will ALWAYS have problems. So should we have stayed in the dark ages . . .further back?


    What did space have to do with us ending up with the likes of Obama? Sorry, I was just being cynical.
    SpaceflightYes, because space and the associated technologies involved haven't massively altered and improved the way we live here on Earth. Posterboi, you are an idiot. This is how progress is made, and the world will ALWAYS have problems. So should we have stayed in the dark ages . . .further back?


    I think they were simply saying they feel there are social issues on earth to be dealt with before we spend money elsewhere. And in some respects yes, I think we are in the dark ages - perhaps when we get a better President we'll see the light.
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    wild9 , September 15, 2011 4:34 PM
    Safe, affordable and sustainable technology.. pity the same doesn't apply to banking systems, including the Federal Reserve System.

    You know what, how about Obama being the first human to be sent into deep space - and how about cutting costs even by opting for a one-way journey? After all, change is good (and silence is golden).
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    maxinexus , September 15, 2011 4:58 PM
    I'm stuck, here on earth :( 
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    maestintaolius , September 15, 2011 5:34 PM
    ikyungSo, what country gets what planet/moons/stars? Or is it just first come first serve?

    No one, they worked that out a long time ago:
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    maestintaolius , September 15, 2011 5:35 PM
    maestintaoliusNo one, they worked that out a long time ago:

    screwed up the hyperlink, sorry

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty
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    greatsaltedone , September 15, 2011 6:22 PM
    Wild9What did space have to do with us ending up with the likes of Obama? Sorry, I was just being cynical.I think they were simply saying they feel there are social issues on earth to be dealt with before we spend money elsewhere. And in some respects yes, I think we are in the dark ages - perhaps when we get a better President we'll see the light.

    Wild9Safe, affordable and sustainable technology.. pity the same doesn't apply to banking systems, including the Federal Reserve System.You know what, how about Obama being the first human to be sent into deep space - and how about cutting costs even by opting for a one-way journey? After all, change is good (and silence is golden).


    Here you go:
    http://www.politico.com

    Now you can stop posting on Tom's!
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    mb2bm55 , September 15, 2011 7:03 PM
    ^lol

    Btw what the hell with all these 'new' launch vehicles. If we are so desperate to re-operate in the moon's orbit etc. then why the hell don't we dust off the trusty old saturn v in the first place? It can be revamped with a few modern upgrades but the thing has a perfect launch record (Apollo 3 was in the payload not the rocket) and essentially the same specs as this rocket is going to peak at? Are we just embarrassed that we are trying to do what we did in the late 60's? Embarrassed enough to risk another rocket failure like the Columbia when we know the Saturn V is the most reliable vehicle in our inventory? (or anyone's for that matter). One must remember that it comes from the pinnacle of the Rocket building era. Much of that knowledge has actually degraded considering there has been so little big rocket building since then and it has been spread out amongst the secrecy guarding corporate structure that is interested in little more than satellite launching (not to blame them- thats where the money is)
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    back_by_demand , September 15, 2011 10:15 PM
    seezurGood question, there hasn't been new land discovered in a long time so I guess you would use the rules that applied when we were discovering and inhabiting new lands. By that I mean, first one to kill off all the indigenous inhabitants gets the planet.It worked for Spain......and everyone else.......

    You mean America and Australia

    Of course anyone can claim anywhere for themselves, possession is 9/10ths of the law and if I was the first astronaut on Mars I would claim the planet for myself, unfurling my family crest on a flag before signing mineral rights to some corporations for a few trillion, that should pay for a private army to defend it against you Earthlings
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2011 12:52 AM
    Oh great, as if we didn't already have a bunch of antibiotic resistant pests, there will be new mutant strains... space herpes, solar syphilis, Uranus warts, etc
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    demonhorde665 , September 16, 2011 12:58 AM
    PosterboiWhat is the point to all of this? If you're saving millions, then you are spending too much. As long as there are homeless people, wasting money like this is sinful. It would take us hundreds of years to attempt galactic space travel and by that time, we will probably have destroyed each other, if not the entire planet. It won't take too many more world wars to end our existance. Even if we made it to outer space, it would take decades to find another planet with life and even then, the lifeforms wouldn't be able to communicate with us. Space exploration is a novel idea, but one that ultimately goes where no man will ever go.




    and spending our money on wars , weapon technologies , and efftorts to kill our self is less sinful ? you soun'd like your mind has been cluster f---ed, you talk about how this is wsatful cos we wil all kil each before it ever happens , yet if we stop spendign money here , it'll just go towards those efforts of kiling each other. you are such a moron.
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    RoboTree , September 16, 2011 3:50 AM
    PosterboiWhat is the point to all of this? If you're saving millions, then you are spending too much.


    I'm saving millions by not flying a rocket to class everyday. Doesn't mean I'm spending too much :p .

    PosterboiEven if we made it to outer space, it would take decades to find another planet with life and even then, the lifeforms wouldn't be able to communicate with us. Space exploration is a novel idea, but one that ultimately goes where no man will ever go.


    I guess Christopher Columbus should've just stayed home then.

    I say go NASA, and considering the number of new nations and private companies getting involved with space travel/exploration, it looks very promising for the future.
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    eddieroolz , September 16, 2011 9:44 AM
    I just hope NASA won't get its budget slashed. I think the US can do with only 10 carriers instead of 11.
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    dotaloc , September 17, 2011 3:45 AM
    ..do you have a flag?
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