The National Aeronautics and Space Administration revealed plans for a new space rocket Wednesday that will be able to surpass the current limits on human space exploration.
The main goal for this rocket is to allow humans to travel farther into space than ever before. The first discussed target is an asteroid, followed up by the ultimate destination of Mars.
The rocket will be the most powerful rocket ever constructed and will be able to lift 130 metric tons, the New York Times reports.
The projected cost of building such rocket is $30 billion, the International Business Times reports.
In order to achieve sufficient funding for the construction of this rocket, NASA is devoting $3 billion a year to the project. At this rate, NASA will be able construct a rocket capable of lifting 70 metric tons and launch an unmanned test flight in 2017.
Critics are not convinced that this project will ever reach completion due to NASA's past of making ambitious rocket plans only to cancel them as costs escalated.