Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Orlando Sentiel Editorial for Scrapping Ares I

Pull the plug on Ares- The gist: NASA needs a new approach to keep its manned program relevant. from the Orlando Sentinel

If U.S. space-policy decisions were dictated based solely on spectacle, the Ares I would be a shoo-in as NASA's next manned vehicle. Unfortunately for fans of the rocket, cost, design and timing also matter.

Problems with all three argue for scrapping Ares I and assigning commercial rockets the task of flying to the international space station in low-Earth orbit. That would allow the agency to concentrate on its pre-shuttle mission of cutting-edge exploration.

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