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Old 12-02-2014, 11:56 AM   #166
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 Now they'll be able to broadcast advertisement clips during countdowns... duh...
If NASA really plans on sending Orion to Mars, they're gonna need it.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:15 PM   #167
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 Now they'll be able to broadcast advertisement clips during countdowns... duh...
This amazing feat of human ingenuity brought to you by Doritos.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:38 PM   #168
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 If NASA really plans on sending Orion to Mars, they're gonna need it.
I can already imagine a small Saturn V launching on the countdown clock while the real SLS shoves tons of steam into the atmosphere.
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:36 PM   #169
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L-2 days until launch!
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:36 PM   #170
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If NASA really plans on sending Orion to Mars, they're gonna need it.

I can already imagine a small Saturn V launching on the countdown clock while the real SLS shoves tons of steam into the atmosphere.
Maybe the SLS will be covered with ads after all, that would solve the "painting debate". I think it would provide a nice amount of square meters
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:18 PM   #171
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While I am excited for this launch and plan to follow it as closely as possible, I'm also bummed that the first manned launch will be in the 2020 timeframe if we're lucky and even then the launch rate will be abysmal.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:14 PM   #172
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Someone asked where I got the EFT-1 patch in my avatar, so here it is.

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/mi...lips-december/
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:15 PM   #173
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Hoping for the best of this test flight. Also hoping to remain alive long enough to see manned missions. Exciting times nonetheless.
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Old 12-03-2014, 01:55 AM   #174
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 While I am excited for this launch and plan to follow it as closely as possible, I'm also bummed that the first manned launch will be in the 2020 timeframe if we're lucky and even then the launch rate will be abysmal.
The if we're lucky in your comment reminded me of the Monty Python Four Yorkshiremen skit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo

I can see this revised as the Four Spacemen, four Apollo-era astronauts discussing the upcoming Orion launch.
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:25 AM   #175
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"Toilet? We used to have this simple bags back then. Oh these Orion astronauts are so lucky now."
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Old 12-03-2014, 02:53 PM   #176
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 "Toilet? We used to have this simple bags back then. Oh these Orion astronauts are so lucky now."
Alan Shepard: "Bags? LUXURY! Back in my day I'd simply do it in the suit. But if you tell that to the kids these days, they won't believe you".
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Old 12-03-2014, 04:22 PM   #177
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Suits ? We didn't have suits !!! We had to hold our breath.
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Old 12-03-2014, 05:14 PM   #178
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Launch weather has improved to 70% chance of favorable conditions.
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:29 PM   #179
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 Maybe the SLS will be covered with ads after all, that would solve the "painting debate". I think it would provide a nice amount of square meters
Indeed. Some of the other launchers I've seen lately don't seem to have a lot of room to spare for very many sponsors.

Example:


"Today's launch brought to you by Mike's House of Saws."
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:22 PM   #180
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Glad that NASA is getting back some of it's ability to launch heavier payloads to orbit and beyond. The asteroid mission sounds interesting...

But calling this Orion spacecraft the vehicle that will get us to MARS
is not accurate. The vehicle might be involved in the RETURN from mars
via atmospheric braking and splashdown, but it is not in any sense a MARS transportation vehicle.

Has anyone seen official NASA Mars mission hardware designs?
Is NASA really going to do a 18 month mission?

A Mars mission is at least 2 orders of magnitude harder to pull off than the moon mission.
w/o a mission directive from congress & white house I have
doubts it can be done via slow drip method.
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