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 Return to the Moon
Northern Git
Posted: Dec 4 2006, 09:03 PM
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NASA unveils exploration strategy, lunar architecture
Posted: December 4, 2006

HOUSTON - NASA on Monday unveiled the initial elements of the Global Exploration Strategy and a proposed U.S. lunar architecture, two critical tools for achieving the nation's vision of returning humans to the moon.

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An artist's concept shows a lunar lander on the moon. Credit: NASA/John Frassanito and Associates


Following extensive planning discussions...

......NASA's Lunar Architecture Team, chartered in May 2006, concluded that the most advantageous approach is to develop a solar-powered lunar base and to locate it near one of the poles of the moon. With such an outpost, NASA can learn to use the moon's natural resources to live off the land, make preparations for a journey to Mars, conduct a wide range of scientific investigations and encourage international participation.

As currently envisioned, an incremental buildup would begin with four-person crews making several seven-day visits to the moon until their power supplies, rovers and living quarters are operational. The first mission would begin by 2020. These would be followed by 180-day missions to prepare for journeys to Mars..........

A fine example of management-speak including well known phrases like "leveraging capabilities" and "refining architecture" can be found at

Posted: Dec 4 2006, 09:34 PM
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Naughty Tomato
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About time for a return. smile.gif

I was reading an article, not so long ago, that argued that the Moon landings of the 1960s were incredible achievements given the technology/computers etc that were available at the time.

Miss M
Posted: Dec 4 2006, 09:37 PM
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YEA Eddy About time. We should have returned to the moon a long time ago. I think the only way we will see world become excited about the Moon if they ever discover oil or something else valuable then you will have all the countries and business people varying for Moon space. If Profit is the only way to forward Moon and other planetary exploration then so be it.

Miss M.
Posted: Dec 5 2006, 07:08 AM
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My eldest son would go there for a holiday - he loves anything to do with flight etc ..
Were as I panic if I get even to close to a plane.. blush04.gif
Posted: Dec 5 2006, 12:09 PM
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MOON 2 The Long Awaited Sequel! thumbsup.gif

planning a permanent base (much like a Lunar Southpole Base ,..ish.. thingy) Link

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