Skip to comments.The Biggest Rocket Ever made
Posted on 01/15/2014 1:55:44 PM PST by MarkBsnr
It is set to become the largest rocket ever built, dwarfing the rockets that took man to the moon and paving the way for manned missions to Mars.
Nasa today reveal stunning new pictures of its SLS (Space Launch System), which will eventually be capable of lifting 130 tonnes into orbit.
The rocket will be used to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, and to help us explore the outer reaches of the solar system.
It is even hoped the craft could play a role in manned missions to Mars, being able to launch 'stepping stone' bases into orbit. 'The potential use of SLS for science will further enhance the synergy between scientific exploration and human exploration,' said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
'SLS has the promise of enabling transformational science in our exploration of the solar system and cosmos.' Currently under construction, NASAs Space Launch System will be the worlds most powerful launch vehicle. Designed to enable human exploration missions to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars, SLS is working toward a first launch in 2017.
For that first flight test, the rocket will be able to launch 70 metric tons (77 tons) of payload into low-Earth orbit, almost three times what the space shuttle could carry. From there, SLS will be evolved to a configuration that will be able to carry 130 metric tons (143 tons), more weight than any rocket ever has been able to carry.
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Yes, but does it give glory to Muslims?
>>Yes, but does it give glory to Muslims?
If it doesn’t, the Obamanation will not waste valuable vote-buying entitlement dollars on it.
Or at least make them feel better about their contributions...That’s the important thing.
Well that and helping them colonize the solar system so they can commit terror acts there too...
Sounds like a Global Warming Monster.
When you’re on Mars, it’s a heck of a lot easier to figure out which way is Mecca during daily prayers...
NASA still makes rockets???
I am certain this rocket, if it is ever built, will not match the engineering of the Saturn V moon rocket developed 50 years ago.
They’ll by them from the Chinese, just as soon as we give them the plans...................
I read once that all or most of the original drawings for the Saturn V rockets have been lost....................
Saturn V carried 120 tons over 40 years ago...
probably. Surprised Obama didn’t have a Muslim contractor build it as an “outreach” program.
Sad to say but I have serious doubts about the NASA of today....if Hansen is still in charge forget it!!!
The overalls may be but the tiny individual parts and schematics may be lost..................
The orbiter itself was over 80 metric tons.
Can’t wait to see a test launch failure on that bad boy.
>> Or at least make them feel better about their contributions...
They can plagiarize their findings and call it: The Great Space.