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A giant metal frame standing several yards wide rises up nearly 200 feet inside the Michoud Assembly Facility, NASA's massive 832-acre space park outside New Orleans.

"What you're looking at is the largest welding system in the world," said Jackie Nesselroad. She is leading a team from Boeing that's welding together the world's most powerful rocket, the Space Launch System. "It's about the coolest job on earth."

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That sounds pretty good. When will it be finished?
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Should make a museum piece when Congress cuts funding for some reason.
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That sounds pretty good. When will it be finished?
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It is designed for beyond low-Earth orbit exploration with humans," said Frank McCall, the deputy program manager from Boeing who called SLS "a mission that is long overdue." The first unmanned test flight is slated for late 2018. By 2021, the rocket is supposed to carry astronauts aboard the Orion space capsule built by Lockheed Martin.

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The SLS program is hoping for continued funding to pay for more trips, because beyond the first two missions, the way to Mars isn't clear. Perhaps the rocket system could take astronauts back to the moon, or to an asteroid. It all depends on how the first two missions go, how much it costs, and what other competing priorities there are through 2035.
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Should make a museum piece when Congress cuts funding for some reason.
Should make a nice museum piece when Congress declares bankruptcy, is more like it.

Having no funds is hardly "some reason" to cut funding.
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This being the first human made device to have it's total power measured in "Saturn V's".
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if its launching from earth then its a waste of money!

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Should make a museum piece when Congress cuts funding for some reason.
Erm...why should it make a nice museum piece?
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if its launching from earth then its a waste of money!

...and where do you suppose they launch it from?
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For some reason, every time I see this: ...built by Lockheed Martin. I can't help to think it's overpriced.

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if its launching from earth then its a waste of money!

So, whe....wait, what? rolleyes.gif
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...and where do you suppose they launch it from?
They could build and launch it from the orbit in order to not waste fuel on fighting the gravity. Building spaceships in the outer space is not really feasible at this point in time, though.
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