dittybopper: Manned Mars missions aren't going to happen until we start using nuclear engines. Hopefully, we can modify the Limited Test Ban Treaty to allow nuclear explosions in space for propulsive purposes. If we build an Orion-class ship powered by nuclear bombs, all of the other difficulties involved in getting to and from Mars largely evaporate: Food, water, air, radiation protection, etc all become much easier when total mission time is less than a year in total than when mission time stretches out to 3 years.
BalugaJoe: Share water.
Nicholas D. Wolfwood: BalugaJoe: Share water.May you always drink deep.
Any Pie Left: This guy predicted sing;e stage intercontinental passenger rockets used for commercial as well as troop transport.https://www.amazon.com/Frontiers-Pocket-encyclopaedia-spaceflight-colour/dp/071373504X
CordycepsInYourBrain: Gee, I wonder what sort of application there might be for transporting 100 "passengers" from a base in the U.S. to anywhere in the world in less than 40 minutes? Mr. Musk may have found his funding source after all. Welcome to the dark side!
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