April 06, 2011
Huge New Rocket
California, 2013, a huge privately owned rocket will be launched into space. This rocket will be the most powerful since man went to the moon. The name of the rocket is Heavy Falcon, where this came from is a mystery even to those building it..
Owned by Space X, Heavy Falcon may soon sell seats to NASA astronauts, taking them to space stations orbiting Earth. Still, the launch by the private company will be much cheaper than any of NASA's recent expenditures.
Essentially, using this private company would allow NASA to send astronauts to space stations AND possibly explore new areas in which we have never sent human beings. It would work in the way that NASA would no longer have to spend any resources (other than the cost of the seats) to send their astronauts to space stations. Instead they could completely focus on sending astronauts to nearby asteroids and possibly even Mars.
In my opinion, this really opens up a whole new chance for space exploration. I believe that NASA has the capability, but not the time or resources to send people to places that we have yet to visit. However, they have to spend so much time and money to get people back up to the space stations that they are unable to provide attention elsewhere. Where this will take us is anyone's guess, but I expect that it may just lead us to one day visiting Mars.
More Information: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110406/ap_on_sc/us_sci_space_x_rocket
Posted by strodel at April 6, 2011 10:07 AM
That's a very interesting notion. The thought of private space exploration takes a lot of the pressure off of NASA scientists to show results to the government. Also, if scientists are working for private business owners, then they no longer have to dig into the national budget.
Posted by: saraogar at April 6, 2011 01:30 PM
I agree that this could definitely open up a lot of opportunities for NASA financially. Also, if private space exploration excels NASA in its capabilities, could this possibly run NASA out of business? If so, this might provide for new approaches to space exploration that might not exist in NASA under the government's supervision and restrictions. But this might also be dangerous without established rules and guidelines governing space exploration.
Posted by: ktwadell at April 7, 2011 01:18 AM
This is possible, however, I do not believe private space exploration will excel NASA in its capabilities, especially if private "companies" are solely focusing on human space exploration. Although human space exploration is important to NASA, it defers NASA from other experiments and, as strodel said, takes up so much time, money and attention that could be used elsewhere. NASA doesn't spend that much time on human exploration mission. I think a private space exploration company is a great "extension" of NASA that could lead to monumental discoveries because it would be solely focusing on human exploration, therefore leading to improvements and progress in that field.
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