Not since the Apollo Program has the world seen such excitement surrounding the space industry. In todayís world, we are entering a new space race, however this is not a race between global super powers, but rather a race between multiple private space companies; such as SpaceX and Blue Origin.
Although the space race has shifted to private companies, NASA is still busy working on their SLS rocket. Although NASA and Blue Origin have different long term visions for longterm space exploration, they will both be extremely important to the advancement in space technology. Currently NASA has been working on their upcoming SLS rocket for American astronauts to return to the moon by 2024 and go to Mars some time in the 2030s. NASA has used much of their knowledge from the Space Shuttle program to develop their new rocket. This will also be NASA’s most powerful rocket ever built, surpassing the legacy of their Saturn V rocket from the Apollo program.
Blue Origin was founded in 2000 with the goal to also lower space travel and to open space for space tourism. Like SpaceX, Blue Originís upcoming New Glenn Rocket will be fully reusable and will be capable of landing its first stage booster on either land or a floating drone ship. Jeff Bezos (founder of Blue Origin) has expressed his long term vision for massive space stations. Although he understands he will not be around to see his vision that can take hundreds of years to fully realize, he is more focused on developing the building blocks to make something like this possible in the future.
At the end of the day, the race to develop the next largest rocket between between NASA, Blue Origin and SpaceX is amazing for human advancement. Both are capable of creating extraordinary rockets that will revolutionize space travel forever. Which rocket are you more excited about? Vote now in our Raging Patriot poll below!
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