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You've got the wrong guy. I don't have mod powers in this section. Must have been someone else.
Alright, my apologies

Also, doesn't anyone think that a movie for the old Orion project would have been awesome? I mean, even the name itself is fantastic!

I thought that NASA stopped working on any space craft, but instead was shifted to other projects due to budget constraints?
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this whole project is a fail. reusable space vechicles are the future. not rocket propelled capsules. (where used rocket debris will litter earth orbit)

i am super disappointed.
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Mankind can only truly progress with a clear understanding of the environment around us.
In the grand scheme of things we are a very insignificant blip on a hugely unexplored canvas.
Exploration is what used to define us as a species, but sadly our thirst for knowledge has been overcome by our thirst for wealth and greed.
As soon as we learn to put our differences aside and work together to explore the universe, the better place the world will be to live in.
We've only really started to scratch the surface of space exploration, there's the possibility of habitation on the moon, terraforming Mars, Titan...the list is endless and most are within our grasp.
Its very disappointing when the negative shallow minded folk seem to think we've learned all we can learn from space and just be happy to live like this forever......there is more to learn from space than i think anyone can truly comprehend.
I really hope NASA can get its new project off the ground (forgive the pun), I truly believe that the space program and further exploration of our galaxy is one of the most important things we should be focusing on.
Just my thoughts on the matter.
i totally agree with this. but they need a better vehicle.
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this whole project is a fail. reusable space vechicles are the future. not rocket propelled capsules. (where used rocket debris will litter earth orbit)

i am super disappointed.
Chances are a reusable space vehicle will be the future. Just not in the way Nasa used the space shuttle.

More space vehicles with specific roles is the future. Rather than just one type of vehicle that does everything.

The idea behind the shuttle is it would be cheaper to have a reusable spacecraft, more environmentally friendly, and be faster getting it back up in space again for another mission.

The shuttle program only proved to be faster (and not by a whole lot) at getting back up into space again after a previous mission.

The biggest expenses in the shuttle program were the reusable part of it.

It cost a lot testing, maintaining, repairing, housing, prepping and upgrading the shuttle. The same with the fuel tanks and solid rocket boosters.

It even cost more money landing the shuttle sometimes than recovering a capsule from the ocean or dry land.

Russia's Buran shuttle was technically superior to Nasa's shuttle and yet Russia cancelled it's shuttle project because it was too expensive.

Russia probably would not be able to afford to even have any space program today if they didn't go back to rockets.

A lot of money can be saved in the long run by going back to rockets and capsules.

Cheaper space flight is the future.
    
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Why did they waste billions on ocean landing testing when they could continue to use a runway landing?
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Why did they waste billions on ocean landing testing when they could continue to use a runway landing?
Because the Shuttle concept was a failure.

Of course, they could make a vehicle capable of ground landing, like the Soyuz...
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Because the Shuttle concept was a failure.

Of course, they could make a vehicle capable of ground landing, like the Soyuz...
Perhaps they figured they had more past experience with capsule water landings, therefore increasing the chances of success compared to a capsule vehicle that is capable of a ground landing, which they don't have much experience.
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