Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post

Oh, and BTW, a Saturn V by today's technology is primitive. Today, we would use light weight materials and a solid fuel rocket to get that baby moving. And the astronauts would have the same chance as the Shuttle astronauts did or better.

I disagree. Solid rocket fuel is nasty stuff. And they are currently testing an old Saturn V rocket motor to understand just how it was done back then, and to figure out how improve on its power output. Primitive, maybe, but fundamentally very sound.

If the money had been there to develop the Shuttle as originally envisioned, the fatal compromises which led to the destruction of two of them would not have been present.