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(Ars Technica)   House blueprint to up NASA's budget, will pay for another Moon lander, more funding for asteroid searches, and requesting a fleet of Mars helicopters   (arstechnica.com) divider line
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2022-06-27 10:44:20 PM  
SpaceX will end up doing the whole Moon mission. Their lander is several times the size of the proposed orbiter, so that's not needed.  IIRC, NASA decided the toilet had to work in zero G, so that's covered.
 
2022-06-28 12:05:57 AM  
As much as I can't stand Elon, it's a waste of taxpayer money to give money to not-SpaceX for any rocket or spacecraft programs. Having a second lander is a waste. Paying money to Jeff Bezos makes as much sense as giving money to Richard Branson.  And SLS is a national shame.

SpaceX does space real good, and the sooner we can send Musk to die on Mars the better for all of us.
 
2022-06-28 1:27:27 AM  
It's not the cheapest thing, having duplicate contractors for the HLS, but it's the safe and practical way to go. They will still be competing, and my money would be on SpaceX getting it done first, but, remembering how it sucked to have to buy Soyuz rides because we couldn't get out shiat together on a shuttle replacement, it's good to have a plan b. Except on Earth, where Plan B will soon be outlawed...
 
2022-06-28 9:53:25 AM  

al-Mundane: As much as I can't stand Elon, it's a waste of taxpayer money to give money to not-SpaceX for any rocket or spacecraft programs. Having a second lander is a waste. Paying money to Jeff Bezos makes as much sense as giving money to Richard Branson.  And SLS is a national shame.

SpaceX does space real good, and the sooner we can send Musk to die on Mars the better for all of us.


So fark Pure Science. Gotta have a profit motive right?
 
2022-06-28 12:56:37 PM  

optikeye: al-Mundane: As much as I can't stand Elon, it's a waste of taxpayer money to give money to not-SpaceX for any rocket or spacecraft programs. Having a second lander is a waste. Paying money to Jeff Bezos makes as much sense as giving money to Richard Branson.  And SLS is a national shame.

SpaceX does space real good, and the sooner we can send Musk to die on Mars the better for all of us.

So fark Pure Science. Gotta have a profit motive right?


I hate to break it to you, but the companies building the other rockets are also doing it because they're getting paid
 
2022-06-28 2:02:11 PM  

optikeye: So fark Pure Science. Gotta have a profit motive right?


Governments are not motivated by profits, they are motivated by costs. It's a cost motive. Sadly, the most cost-effective method involves making Elon Musk richer. Until you invent a cheaper rocket, this where we are.
 
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