The SLS rocket is the worst thing to happen to NASA
On July 29, 1958, President Eisenhower signed legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
At the time, the US had launched approximately 30 kg of small satellites into orbit.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon less than 11 years later.
On October 11, 2010, President Obama signed the NASA Authorization Act.
The law, among other things, required NASA to build the Space Launch System rocket and have it ready for launch by 2016.
It appeared to be reasonable. NASA had been launching rockets, including very large ones, for over a half-century at the time. In some ways, the new SLS rocket has already been built.
With the launch just days away, I am overjoyed for the people at NASA and the space companies who have worked tirelessly to cut through the red tape, manage thousands of requirements, and actually build this rocket.
And I can't wait to see it fly. Who doesn't want to see a massive, Brobdingnagian rocket consume millions of kilogrammes of fuel and defy Earth's gravity?
Big Aerospace had won its second major battle in five years against NASA's plans for deep space exploration, and it was a long-lasting victory.
NASA has now spent approximately $50 billion on Ares, Orion, and SLS hardware and ground systems. However, this could be a Pyrrhic victory.