September 15, 2009
Posted by scott at September 15, 2009 08:54 PM
The Ares team has had "going out of business" signs in the windows for so long the edges have gone yellow and curly. That said, the details of what just might end up an alternative seem to be getting clearer. And, at least in my opinion, they're starting to make a heck of a lot more sense.
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What no one seems willing (or able) to address is, if they decide tomorrow to shit-can the whole Ares/Constellation/Altair program, and to go with developing this new system, HOW LONG ADDITIONALLY WILL IT TAKE for Man to return to the Moon, and more importantly, to Mars.
Right now they're talking another Decade before the Moon, and another Decade after that before Mars!
Hell, I want to live to see Man walk on the Red Planet. But if they "change horses in midstream" here, will I [ever] get to see it?
Every "alternative" I've seen proposed looks exactly as rosy as the Ares proposal looked in the first place. It's remarkable how easy it is to build a successful rocket when your tools are Powerpoint and Excel.