James Webb, Mars Twenty Twenty, Mars Twenty Twenty Rover discussed on Liftoff



I think they're already is again about this this particular cut. Yeah. It's it's it's one of the decayed Broussard priorities of the scientific community. It's a it's an important project. The administration doesn't wanna fund I think I think that the administration is basically saying you need to you need to get the James Webb. We're not gonna pay for two of these telescope project simultaneously. So you're just gonna have to delay this until you get the James Webb up, but it is an important instrument, and it's a high scientific priority. And as we saw last year in the end, congress would not. Would not take it, and it's a different congress now, but still congress would not would not accept this. That w I got put back in. So it may yet be saved. But once again, they're trying to kill it. Yeah. So speaking of James Webb and Europe clipper before both see slight increases again despite ongoing issues, but James Webb and the instrumentation changes with the clipper both of those missions are moving forward in this budget. So. There James Webb is just gonna happen. Eventually, I suppose to keep working on it. It also adds funds for the Mars sample return mission. So this is a several part mission where the Mars twenty twenty Rover would gather samples for a future return mission. And that's what this budget funds is that second stage of that were those samples come back to two part thing. It's been spoken about for a long time. And I think it's fantastic that it gets funded in this budget. Yeah. It's a it's a good sign. Yeah. Because March twenty twenty is going to gather the rocks. My neighbors. My neighbor's daughter actually was an intern JPL and worked on that project the sample return. But then you have to somebody get the samples and then launch them back to Mars orbit. And then go from Mars back to earth, which is a lot of steps. But they're continuing to push it. And I like the fact that Mars twenty twenty starting it out like they are they are going to collect samples. Yeah. We talk about moon moon rocks marris samples because all of the instruments. We have. There are great. But they're not the same as instruments. We have back on if we could get some samples, but that requires yes, you gotta pick it up you gonna fire rocket off the surface of Mars back to Mars orbit which we've never done and then back to earth, which we've never done. So it's a lot. It's a lot. But I think it's I think it's exciting. There is no money for the office of stem engagement, Josh again, again, which I find infuriating again. I just. This is one of those things, right? Where we have to remember NASA federal agency and its budget is dictated by politics and politicians, and I just can't stand behind that decision in any way. But moving on before having aneurysm. We need to talk about the LS, which means it's time for the S L S segment space launch system segment explaining geopolitics, mechanical systems, engineering achievements, news and trivia, I think at the song. Oh, man. I mean, it's sort of sat. Okay. I'll do. I'll segma-. That sums it up pretty. Pretty nice. So there's a lot going on here. And I think I've done my best. I did a lot of reading. And I think I've got all the details straight. So the budget makes changes to the SOS roadmaps unnecess- next big rocket. It was it has been designed from the beginning to have multiple blocks. So this was a rocket that was not going to to roll off the assembly line in its final form they were going to be several generations of this rocket each one more capable than the previous one both in terms of payload capability, but also reach as far as how how far we could get that payload away from earth, and these stages are called blocks had blocked one block one b and then block to buck one coming..

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