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George Dyson talks about Orion, with downloadable version of his presentation:

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/221 (worksafe, but may be classified)

Man, reading the comments for this is disheartening. I realize that TED was deliberately being flip with a mostly knowing audience, but you'd think most of those responding on the site would have realized that and not be so ignorantly harsh in their comments."
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NASA has announced a new name for it's return to the Moon program: Project Orion.

The original Project Orion was a revolutionary and visionary concept of vast implications. Those working on it in the Sixties half-joked about sending a crew of a score or more to Saturn by the mid-Seventies. It was killed by politics.

To see NASA use the name of this noble and sabotaged effort for a blinkered and half-vast project is adding insult to the original injury of the cancellation.

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