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Prepare for blast off! The rocket that is likely to one day transport humans to Mars has finally been constructed and it is a pretty exciting concept!

According to the Daily Mail, Nasa moved the Delta IV Heavy Rocket onto the famous Cape Canaveral launch pad – the same place that space missions like Gemeni and Apollo were launched from too.

The rocket is massive and the three delta boosters (you’ll know what they are when you see them!) generate almost one million kilos of thrust and the exciting thing is that while these are appropriate for the short term missions, these will be replaced by even bigger ones for human transportation.

This capsule, called the Orion Capsule is expected to have its first test flight in December this year and they hope it will be flying for many, many years to come.

So check out this amazing video below of the final construction phase and tell us, if this was the rocket you would travel in, would you go to Mars? 


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  1. I’ll give you a tip – not me, not in this rig-up, even if it’s the latest and greatest. A Mars mission is not a small undertaking – for something over 2 years, everyone who goes will have to live in very confined quarters, which will probably make a submarine look spacious.
    That’s how long it will take. If you find you can’t get along with someone, there won’t be any turning around or leaving early. And if something goes wrong and you can’t blast off for the return trip exactly on schedule, you’re there for eternity.
    Fantastic and impressive they may be, but they are the equivalent of one of those multi-oared warships of Roman (?) times.

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    • I expect people made very similar comments to Columbus, Cook, Magellan and Scott, and where would we be today, without their daring efforts and leaps into the unknown? And how primitive was their equipment, compared with what we have today?

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