Nasa Ares V Rocket Gets an Upgrade: It will be Bigger and Stronger (Video)

29 Jun

Having just watched Discovery Channels When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions I was interested to learn that we currently have a plan to revisit the Moon around the year 2020. 

On Wednesday, June 26th 2008 NASA announced that the original Constellation project’s principle rocket, the Ares V Cargo Launch Vehicle, will need to be designed to carry a larger payload for manned missions to the Moon by the year 2020 (As of June 2008, NASA has a planned Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission scheduled for late 2008). This means the original concept will need to have a length extension of 20 feet (6 metres) and will need to use six main engines at its base, rather than the current five. This upgrade will be capable of sending far more instrumentation into space, an extra 15,600 lb (7,000 kg, or the equivalent mass of 39 female lions, or 9.3 cows, or 7 shire horses, or 1.3 male African Elephants.)…

Now how does one get a seat on one of these missions?


Posted by on June 29, 2008 in Science News, Space


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3 responses to “Nasa Ares V Rocket Gets an Upgrade: It will be Bigger and Stronger (Video)

  1. mxsive

    June 30, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Well it is going to cost a obscene amount of money to go back to the moon and establish a launch base to head to mars. Is there a good reason? What are the real benefit for it. Now that aside… It would be way cool!

  2. Christopher

    June 30, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Project Constellation is expected to cost $20 billion US Dollars over twenty years (2004 – 2024), with the cost of spacecraft orders not to exceed $3.5 billion USD. By comparison, the Apollo Project cost $28 billion USD (2006 dollars), while the Shuttle program cost $145 billion (2006 dollars).

    The main goal of Project Constellation is to put a man on the Moon by 2020. This is a more relaxed timeline than the Apollo program, which was announced in 1961 and reached the Moon by 1969.

    “Is there a good reason?” – That is a difficult one to answer, of course, because of the qualifier “good”. The answer will differ for each person and NASA will have to “inspire” the masses to ensure funding will be procured.

  3. Tom

    June 30, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    With the spending on the Iraq war at about 7 billion a month (according to msnbc), I think 20 billion to take a step in space is worth it. Let’s do it… let’s go to the moon and get started on more space exploration. This is man’s instinctual dream. This is the technology I am impressed with. Not how many ****ing songs my iPod holds! That’s my two cents.


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