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Sending humans to Mars

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Spoon
Finally! Well...not just yet, but the announcements have been made and the timeline has been established. The first manned mission to Mars is slated to take place in 2035 after extensive testing of the spacecraft(s) and various [much shorter] manned missions in the spacecraft(s) to practice.

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Let's get some humans up in this bitch


NASA is launching its boldest test flight in decades this week. An unmanned capsule will head off on Thursday to reach a distance of 3,600 miles from Earth—the farthest space mission with a craft designed to accommodate humans since the final Apollo 17 trip to the moon in 1972.

Called Orion, the program will mark a key initial step toward a human mission to Mars. Orion is also designed to excite the public’s imagination for deep-space exploration, much as the Apollo moon missions sparked an interest in space and produced civilian engineering triumphs. With the first test flight on Thursday, NASA wants to make it abundantly clear that much of the hardware that can get humans to Mars already exists and is ready to fly.

On its first flight Thursday, the Orion capsule will orbit earth twice, carrying 1,200 sensors. After a flight of four hours and 24 minutes, Orion will drop into the Pacific Ocean about 600 miles from San Diego, slowed to about 17 miles per hour by large parachutes.

The first flight is designed primarily to test the craft’s thermal protection—the largest shield system in the history of space flight, according to NASA.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/20 … er-to-mars

This sounds pretty exciting to me, we might actually get to witness something within our lifetime on the same level of human achievement as landing on the moon!
Wiing
hell yeah, your right spoon. This will be our Generations chance to see something wonderful like the moon landing
Fork
Super keen for this, the Orion launch has been on my calendar for ages.

Fingers crossed it all goes well!
Hunterbob
kiral wrote:
Space is awesome. I don't understand how people can be against space exploration.


That gif is amazing.

So is space exploration! I hope they manage to prepare fully for what's in store. One way journey and all.
Darkshaunz
From what I am reading, a combination of things such as gusts and faulty valves delayed the launch yesterday.

Since they are trying for another launch attempt at 11:00 PM WAST (I think), I'll hop on to the livestream of the launch if it's up.
Hunterbob
I thought I was going to miss the launch, but managed to jump on at 12am (AEST) and watched one of the false starts and then fell asleep waiting.

Even with the abort, it was pretty cool to watch.

I'll try to get on tonight to watch it.
Wiing
yea i might jump onto the stream tonight and watch it, starts at 12am QLD time. 11am NSW time.

Hopefully it all goes well tonight
thorment
Hunterbob wrote:
I thought I was going to miss the launch, but managed to jump on at 12am (AEST) and watched one of the false starts and then fell asleep waiting.

Even with the abort, it was pretty cool to watch.

I'll try to get on tonight to watch it.

^this

I woke up around 6am with the stream playing postponement announcement panel on replay..

I'll be watching this on the background tonight while playing some vidya
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