Skip to comments.New details on Ares 1
Posted on 08/07/2006 7:52:57 PM PDT by KevinDavis
Here at NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., managers from the agencys exploration program shared new details today about the Ares 1 rocket that will become Americas next manned launch vehicle. The first stage, a slightly longer version of the space shuttles pencil-shaped solid rocket booster, will help carry to orbit a Crew Exploration Vehicle housing astronauts. Unmanned versions will carry cargo. Initial flights will head to the international space station. Later missions will put astronauts in orbit for trips to the moon.
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Ares, In Greek mythology, the God of War, son of Zeus and Hera
When the the world clock was established and Greenwich England became time zero, A point in the Celestial sphere above Greenwich England was chosen. What was chosen? The Star Aries in the Constellation Aries and it became known as the first point of Aries.
Why would NASA pick a WAR symbology rather than an astronomical sign? No classically trained Rocket engineers? Yup, in my opinion!!!
Who the hell wants to name a rocket after a *goat*?
BTW if I had my way we would have been on Mars before the Millenium arrived. Aries are decisive, extremely smart, and terrific lovers. Follow me and your butt'll be safe!
In 1995, Robert Zubrin wrote a paper on the most cost effective way to get to Mars http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1996QB641.Z83....... He postulated a shuttle derived rocket, with Space shuttle Main engines on the bottom, and a payload fairing on the top. He called the craft Ares for the Greek name for the planet Mars. The current Ares V design is not much different from Dr. Zubrin's original concept.
> He called the craft Ares...
Actaully, the Martin-Marietta design team, of whom Zubrin was only a single relatively *technically* unimportant (but certainly loudest) member, called the craft Ares. Giving Zubrin credit would be like giving some middle manager at a NASA subcontractor credit for naming "Saturn."
And it wasn't *his* concept. This particular style of shuttle derived vehicle dates from the late 1970's, before the Shuttle actually flew.
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