NASA Prepares to Test the Spaceship That Could Take Us to Mars

NASA Prepares to Test the Spaceship That Could Take Us to Mars

The cost of the SLS and Orion could grow to more than $30 billion, said Marco Caceres, a senior space analyst with the Teal Group consulting firm. There is a fair amount of opposition to the asteroid mission in Congress, and a Mars landing, some 20 years away at best, remains a dream.

"To make matters worse," Caceres wrote in a recent blog, "is the painful fact that the rocket doesn't actually have a mission."

The Mars program is subject to funding constraints and a balky political system.

"This is the problem with anything that takes 20 years — people have very short attention spans," Caceres said. "And you have numerous presidential administrations and Congresses, and inevitably someone gets around to canceling it, or reducing it."

Tags Mars, NASA, Orion, SLS Media Outlet: The Washington Post Featured Analyst Marco A. Caceres

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