1. Post #1
    I'm halving my usage of math each week.. but, apparently I'll never be able to quit.
    Bradyns's Avatar
    October 2009
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    Source:
    https://twitter.com/NASA/status/539814651404754944

    NASA's Journey to Mars

    NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s – goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010.


    Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system. Its formation and evolution are comparable to Earth, helping us learn more about our own planet’s history and future. Mars had conditions suitable for life in its past. Future exploration could uncover evidence of life, answering one of the fundamental mysteries of the cosmos: Does life exist beyond Earth?


    While robotic explorers have studied Mars for more than 40 years, NASA’s path for the human exploration of Mars begins in low-Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station. Astronauts on the orbiting laboratory are helping us prove many of the technologies and communications systems needed for human missions to deep space, including Mars. The space station also advances our understanding of how the body changes in space and how to protect astronaut health.


    Our next step is deep space, where NASA will send a robotic mission to capture and redirect an asteroid to orbit the moon. Astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft will explore the asteroid in the 2020s, returning to Earth with samples. This experience in human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit will help NASA test new systems and capabilities, such as Solar Electric Propulsion, which we’ll need to send cargo as part of human missions to Mars. Beginning in FY 2018, NASA’s powerful Space Launch System rocket will enable these “proving ground” missions to test new capabilities. Human missions to Mars will rely on Orion and an evolved version of SLS that will be the most powerful launch vehicle ever flown.


    A fleet of robotic spacecraft and rovers already are on and around Mars, dramatically increasing our knowledge about the Red Planet and paving the way for future human explorers. The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover measured radiation on the way to Mars and is sending back radiation data from the surface. This data will help us plan how to protect the astronauts who will explore Mars. Future missions like the Mars 2020 rover, seeking signs of past life, also will demonstrate new technologies that could help astronauts survive on Mars.


    Engineers and scientists around the country are working hard to develop the technologies astronauts will use to one day live and work on Mars, and safely return home from the next giant leap for humanity. NASA also is a leader in a Global Exploration Roadmap, working with international partners and the U.S. commercial space industry on a coordinated expansion of human presence into the solar system, with human missions to the surface of Mars as the driving goal.


    Follow our progress at www.nasa.gov/exploration and www.nasa.gov/mars.

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  2. Post #2
    101% Asian
    Dennab
    April 2007
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    I wonder why this isn't getting much publicity.
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  3. Post #3
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    February 2010
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    I don't know to rate winner or optimistic
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  4. Post #4
    Dennab
    July 2009
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    Too awesome to be true?
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  5. Post #5
    Svinnik's Avatar
    June 2013
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    Probably going to be in a decade or so but it's good that it was announced. I'm cautious though because the Constellation program was also hyped up like this but ended up getting cancelled due to lack of funding.

  6. Post #6
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    December 2008
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    I don't know to rate winner or optimistic
    NASA is the only organization on this planet with an iota of the capacity to undertake something like this
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  7. Post #7
    Dennab
    December 2013
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    Is it happening?

  8. Post #8
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    IliekBoxes's Avatar
    February 2010
    5,574 Posts
    NASA is the only organization on this planet with an iota of the capacity to undertake something like this
    But will they get enough funding?

  9. Post #9
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    April 2011
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    That link is wrong btw. This is the actual link http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

  10. Post #10
    VOTE CLINTON 2016 (ignore anything else i say)
    Dennab
    February 2009
    6,085 Posts
    i wanna goto mars
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  11. Post #11
    A mime cries softly as he cradles a young cow
    PC_Paul's Avatar
    May 2010
    843 Posts
    More from NASA website

    NASA's Journey to Mars

    NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s – goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010.

    Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system. Its formation and evolution are comparable to Earth, helping us learn more about our own planet’s history and future. Mars had conditions suitable for life in its past. Future exploration could uncover evidence of life, answering one of the fundamental mysteries of the cosmos: Does life exist beyond Earth?

    While robotic explorers have studied Mars for more than 40 years, NASA’s path for the human exploration of Mars begins in low-Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station. Astronauts on the orbiting laboratory are helping us prove many of the technologies and communications systems needed for human missions to deep space, including Mars. The space station also advances our understanding of how the body changes in space and how to protect astronaut health.

    Our next step is deep space, where NASA will send a robotic mission to capture and redirect an asteroid to orbit the moon. Astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft will explore the asteroid in the 2020s, returning to Earth with samples. This experience in human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit will help NASA test new systems and capabilities, such as Solar Electric Propulsion, which we’ll need to send cargo as part of human missions to Mars. Beginning in FY 2018, NASA’s powerful Space Launch System rocket will enable these “proving ground” missions to test new capabilities. Human missions to Mars will rely on Orion and an evolved version of SLS that will be the most powerful launch vehicle ever flown.

    A fleet of robotic spacecraft and rovers already are on and around Mars, dramatically increasing our knowledge about the Red Planet and paving the way for future human explorers. The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover measured radiation on the way to Mars and is sending back radiation data from the surface. This data will help us plan how to protect the astronauts who will explore Mars. Future missions like the Mars 2020 rover, seeking signs of past life, also will demonstrate new technologies that could help astronauts survive on Mars.

    Engineers and scientists around the country are working hard to develop the technologies astronauts will use to one day live and work on Mars, and safely return home from the next giant leap for humanity. NASA also is a leader in a Global Exploration Roadmap, working with international partners and the U.S. commercial space industry on a coordinated expansion of human presence into the solar system, with human missions to the surface of Mars as the driving goal.

    Follow our progress at www.nasa.gov/exploration and www.nasa.gov/mars.
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  12. Post #12
    I GOT A TITLE TOO!!!
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    July 2010
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    Maybe i wasn't born to early to watch mankind explore other worlds?
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  13. Post #13
    I'm halving my usage of math each week.. but, apparently I'll never be able to quit.
    Bradyns's Avatar
    October 2009
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    More from NASA website
    I'll pop this in OP.
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  14. Post #14
    tonks erryday
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    January 2005
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    Probably going to be in a decade or so but it's good that it was announced. I'm cautious though because the Constellation program was also hyped up like this but ended up getting cancelled due to lack of funding.
    This is the most likely outcome
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  15. Post #15
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    October 2009
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    Imagine. Within two generations, less than 100 years, we go from not having left Earth to landing on Mars. This is truly a groundbreaking time for humans.
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    Our next step is deep space, where NASA will send a robotic mission to capture and redirect an asteroid to orbit the moon.
    Is this how the world ends?
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    Imagine. Within two generations, less than 100 years, we go from not having left Earth to landing on Mars. This is truly a groundbreaking time for humans.
    If they would pull it off for 2030 then it would be only 127 years from the first Wright brothers flight to first humans on Mars.

    Let that sink in for a minute.
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  18. Post #18
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    July 2013
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    You probably can't get buzzed, so there's half the fun.


    Sure as fuck couldn't do it any other way, sounds depressing but great pride will be bestowed upon those who do this.

  19. Post #19
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    January 2010
    5,080 Posts
    This is great news. After we land on Mars, we can expand our civilizations beyond Earth.
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  20. Post #20
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    August 2009
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    Can't wait to meet the 52nd state
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    I have my doubts, but this is definitelyprogress
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  22. Post #22
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    March 2009
    9,263 Posts
    okay now i have to really get into the aero department not all hope is lost \o/

    ill go study for finals now

  23. Post #23
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    December 2008
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    I mean it's really hard to call into question such a conservative plan??

    They've laid out totally achievable objectives, we'd still be sending rovers well into the 2020s
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  24. Post #24
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    Dennab
    June 2010
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    I unfortunately am unsure they'll reach this goal within the next 50 years. I really hope they do though. Shame this isn't getting more publicity.

  25. Post #25
    Official Smiles.
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    January 2010
    10,443 Posts
    kind of looks like the logo of unitology in dead space
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  26. Post #26
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    July 2013
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    Can't wait to meet the 52nd state
    The US will secretly take over all of Mars, the Moon and Earth in the future to become the Red, White and Blue.
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    May 2011
    887 Posts
    The US will secretly take over all of Mars, the Moon and Earth in the future to become the Red, White and Blue.
    oh god that's the perfect plan
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  28. Post #28
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    Will most likely get cancelled because nobody wants to fund this sort of stuff anymore.

    The driving motivation behind US sending people to the moon was to make a giant erect political cock to wave at the Soviet Union.

    So unless oil is discovered on Mars, there will probably never be any US colonization of Mars.
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  29. Post #29
    Dennab
    January 2011
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    The US will secretly take over all of Mars, the Moon and Earth in the future to become the Red, White and Blue.
    Then they unless the demons from the hell gate with no one to stop them but ........ doomguy.
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    March 2007
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    Will most likely get cancelled because nobody wants to fund this sort of stuff anymore.

    The driving motivation behind US sending people to the moon was to make a giant erect political cock to wave at the Soviet Union.

    So unless oil is discovered on Mars, there will probably never be any US colonization of Mars.
    Both China and Russia are getting into space and there's a private space industry blossoming. The US could tell China and Russia to sit down and the Space Industry gets huge publicity. This is more about exploration and research than colonization.
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  31. Post #31
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    February 2007
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    If they would pull it off for 2030 then it would be only 127 years from the first Wright brothers flight to first humans on Mars.

    Let that sink in for a minute.
    An equally mindblowing but more easily observable period of progression is to see powered flight go from making long hops across a field in North Carolina to putting human beings on the moon and returning them safely just 66 years later.
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  32. Post #32

    February 2005
    1,960 Posts
    This is the most likely outcome
    With the GOP now in control of the house and senate, yes.

    oh god that's the perfect plan
    Now all we need is WhollyRufus to come in and make wild theories about the CIA somehow being involved to destabalize the native martian Government.
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    With the GOP now in control of the house and senate, yes.
    historically the gop has been more supportive of space exploration than the democrats
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  34. Post #34
    VOTE CLINTON 2016 (ignore anything else i say)
    Dennab
    February 2009
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    imagine working for nasa right now, gonna be known as the people who landed us on fucking mars
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  35. Post #35
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    April 2009
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    I have zero faith in any NASA plan that extends 20 years into the future.
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  36. Post #36
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    October 2009
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    We're going to mars!* **

    * by visiting a hypothetical orbiting body brought to earths orbit in an unreasonable timeframe
    **any redirect mission will take decades to get out there, bag it, turn around and come home

    Edited:

    Seriously the asteroid mission is a joke, even NASA hasn't devoted much resources to building the capture systems

  37. Post #37
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    August 2008
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    snip

  38. Post #38
    redsoxrock's Avatar
    July 2008
    1,150 Posts
    historically the gop has been more supportive of space exploration than the democrats
    How much of that was related to combating the Soviet space program?

  39. Post #39
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    November 2005
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    Ninja'd

  40. Post #40
    Hustlin'
    Exigent's Avatar
    July 2013
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    I want to see this happen really fucking bad, but the pessimist in me tells me it's most likely not happening :'(
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