Unofficially the quest for moon started when first man adored and praised her beloved by referring her beauty to the moon. The words of John F. Kennedy “We choose to go to the moon….” at Rice University in 1962 officially triggered the first step towards the journey to the Moon. Then in 1969 the day came when Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. claimed the humanity’s lust for technology, science and exploration which is still fresh after such a long time.
News from the NASA shook the world that they are going to build the largest Rocket of the world. The total estimated cost of the project will be around $18 billion. The cost includes $10 Billion for SLS rocket, $6Billion for the Multi-Purpose crew vehicle and $2 Billion for upgrades to the Kennedy Space Center. The 320-foot-tall Space Launch System (SLS) will be ready for launch till 2017. The largest rocket ever will have the capacity to lift 70 to 100 tons of cargo into low earth orbit.it will be man rated expandable rocket like 363-foot-tall Saturn V which were used by NASA’s Apollo and Skylab programs in 60s and 70s.
Things are really different from the era of 60s and 70s for NASA. The era of cold war blessed NASA unlimited funds for space exploration because the then USSR was forcing US to be in race. Now NASA has to compete on two fronts. U.S Congress seams not willing to give blank cheque to NASA. On the other hand private sector is growing leaps and bound in the field of space exploration. Space tourism is a very rapidly growing industry now days. In these circumstances NASA largest rocket plan will help her out on both fronts. It will not only bring dime to her but also ensure her superiority among her competitors.
Regardless to any criticism, NASA is seen as a pioneer in space exploration and she should keep on bringing amusing work for the betterment of humanity.