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10 NASA projects being hampered by funding

These inventions might never see the light of day


Budget constraints and changing priorities may stifle these 10 NASA innovations that could benefit us on earth as well as astronauts

Lunar electric rover

This sophisticated moonbuggie is a pressurised vehicle about the size of a pickup truck - with 12 wheels and can carry two astronauts for up to 14 days with sleeping and sanitary facilities, NASA claims.

It is designed to require little or no maintenance, be able to travel thousands of miles climbing over rocks and up 40 degree slopes during its ten-year life exploring the harsh surface of the moon.

Heavy lifting

NASA's Ares V rocket is the agency's next generation heavy lifter.

Ares V will serve as NASA's chief rocket that will carry everything form the lunar landing craft and materials for establishing a moon base, to food, fresh water and other staples needed to extend a human presence beyond Earth orbit.

NASA says Ares V is a two-stage, vertically stacked launch vehicle. It can carry nearly 414,000 pounds to low-Earth orbit.

When working together with the Ares I crew launch vehicle to launch payloads into Earth orbit, Ares V can send nearly 157,000 pounds to the moon.

See also: The 10 best technologies from Apollo 11

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