You really didn't think that title through.The launch in 2018 is a test launch. An unmanned test launch. Of the Block I rocket. NASA has no currently scheduled plans for manned Mars missions - SLS is only scheduled for an asteroid redirect mission (ARM) taking place in near-lunar space.
NASA confirms that their rocket that may be used to travel to Mars in the 2030's will have first unmanned test launch in 2018 rather than 2017 because the Orion capsule is behind schedule.
A more provocative title gets more readers.
causing annoyance, anger, or another strong reaction, especially deliberately
arousing sexual desire or interest, especially deliberately.
I'm either annoyed or aroused I can't decide
Words can generally be used more flexibly than their dictionary definitions, I wouldn't at all say provocative is a weird word to use in this context.
As opposed to what? Dabbling around in LEO like we've been doing for the past 30 years?
That is dumb. You are dumb. That's like saying the moon mission was a waste. The amount of new technology that arose from the difficulties of the moon mission is crazy.
Evocative would probably be better
From the article, the first launch in 2018 will carry Orion beyond LOE. There is no "rocket to mars" in 2018. Misleading title.
You're kidding, right? Interplanetary travel is the first step in securing our indefinite longevity as a species.
Sure there are lots of other problems for us to solve, but this one needs solving too. As long as we are confined to this rock, we are doomed to inevitable extinction.
no, 2018 is when they plan to have the first test launch, which will reach LEO at best.
While I agree it would be great if they just got more money, there sure have been a lot of robots in space lately. It's getting to be time to have humans go somewhere.
unmanned test launch in 2018 rather than 2017 because the Orion capsule is behind schedule.
I just went from really pumped to really bitter and disappointed.
Go back to your bridge troll.