Monday, 19 September 2005

Return to the Moon - 2018 -- Moon-to-Mars Plans Emerge: New Agenda or Apollo Retread?

NASA's due to announce the plans today. Just hate the "do anything" CEV approach rather that having tuned components for each job.

"Aspects are somewhat vintage Apollo in approach, but with numerous technical twists. For example, a four-person lunar expedition crew would make use of a Crew Exploration Vehicle that is outfitted with solar panels. The astronauts would rendezvous in Earth orbit with a pre-launched Earth Departure Stage, and then make the outbound voyage to the Moon."

"Once in lunar orbit, all four crewmembers would ride down to the Moon in a lander. They would depart the Crew Exploration Vehicle, putting it in autopilot mode as they spend seven days on the lunar surface."

***Imported from old blog***

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