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The first people to step on to the surface of Mars won't arrive aboard the chemical-fueled rockets that delivered Apollo 11 to the Moon—they simply don't provide enough thrust to get to the Red Planet before exposing their crews to months of dangerous space radiation. Instead, NASA is turning to long-ignored nuclear-thermal rocket technology to deliver the first Martian explorers into history.

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Also in related news to this is a discussion here of if you would accept a one way trip to mars riding one of these rockets. What do you guys think??
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As long as we wait for that meteor to hit it first then send out guys in rolleyes.gif
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Anything NASA related is just awesome. Simply beyond a lot of my comprehension. I can't even imagine the amount of risk these guys deal with at every launch.
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US government, stop throwing money at your military and throw it at NASA. They do useful things.
Anyways,
I wonder if nasa is going to try having rotating living quarters to create artificial gravity, surely on long voyages to mars having some level of artificial gravity would go a long way to helping stop muscle decomposition
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Anything NASA related is just awesome. Simply beyond a lot of my comprehension. I can't even imagine the amount of risk these guys deal with at every launch.

This.

We could just be launching the next Chernobyl into space for another species to experience, or have something go awfully wrong for us.
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US government, stop throwing money at your military and throw it at NASA. They do useful things.

I'd say we're one of the most hated counties. I think it's a bit safer to have a can of whoop-as* always on hand. Lot of other spending though can be cut from the inside. NASA should be back to the funding it once was. I think it used to be 1,000th of a dollar went to NASA, and the gov't cut that. Some of the smartest people in the world, and the gov't cut them. Felt pretty bad for those lads that probably graduated from MIT, only to be traded for some political agenda crap.
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I'd say we're one of the most hated counties.

Haters gonna hate
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This.

We could just be launching the next Chernobyl into space for another species to experience, or have something go awfully wrong for us.


there is already radiation in space from the sun! and its alot more then chernobyl

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there is already radiation in space from the sun! and its alot more then chernobyl

Okay, true.
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So.. nuclear pulse propulsion? Always found that concept to be a bit/extremely risky, especially compared to the ion thrusters already in use. Only problem with ion propulsion is there isn't a power source available that can power them enough to make them useful for anything other than spacecraft re-positioning.
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