In Just Six Years NASA Will Fly This Manned Rocket...If You Believe Them

Put it down in stone -- in just six years, and for just $18 billion, the rocket pictured in the artist's rendering above will be flying astronauts.

NASA says so, so it must be true.

The agency announced today the design for the manned rocket that will take astronauts to deep space and Mars.

Part of its job: inspiration.

"This launch system will create good-paying American jobs, ensure continued U.S. leadership in space and inspire millions around the world," NASA head Charles Bolden said. "President Obama challenged us to be bold and dream big, and that's exactly what we are doing at NASA. While I was proud to fly on the space shuttle, kids today can now dream of one day walking on Mars."

And they can dream of this project coming in at budget and on time, too.

Here's hoping.

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