Thursday, September 15, 2011
The SLS has been unveiled, and the design is a monster of a booster. Its announced mission: to carry astronauts beyond Earth orbit. Where to? Well, the President likes discussing an asteroid mission, and the moon and Mars are being discussed, but NASA can't be said to have published anything that really looks like a plan. I wish the SLS people all the best - given the constant political interference NASA is suffering, they will need diplomatic skills and luck in addition to engineering abilities to get this baby to the pad.