Constellation cutbacks and STS-125 is ready to roll… again! 2.14

NASA’s Constellation Program needs to cut back on the Lunar base and the Orion Crew Capsule. Me miserably fail at updating you on a ESA Vega rocket test (with a bit of humor). STS-125 looks to be ready to launch, so we have an EPIC video from NASA highlighting their mission.

 

Moon Base

ORION

VEGA

3 Comments

  • KaiYves says:

    That Hubble video ROCKED!

  • Rick Boozer says:

    In the May 5, 2009 issue of the Orlando Sentinel there is an article titled: “Is Ares I Adequate?” Following are some quotes from the article.

    “The original study ordered by Griffin in the Spring of 2005, called the Exploration Systems Architecture Study, or ESAS, ruled out using the military rockets and other systems. Instead, it settled on a two-rocket approach — including a new rocket design that used the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters as a first stage — that would become Ares I and its heavy-lifting cousin, Ares V..

    But the way the study was conducted, with little input and participation from contractors and rocket companies, led to howls of protest that the study was not fairly conducted and that the results were suspect.”

    Further on . . .
    . . . study done in 2005 might have been shaded in such a way to lead you to the current architecture and they [the administration] now wants to take a look at whether [Constellation] is the right answer,” said Roger Launius, a curator at the National Air and Space Museum.

    Of course, I am totally shocked by these revelations! :)

  • Rick Boozer says:

    Also check out this article in the scientific journal New Scientist titled “NASA should abandon its problem-plagued Ares I rocket”
    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/05/nasa-should-abandon-its-proble.html#comment-1577001

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