Humint Events Online: Astronauts to the Dark Side (of the Moon)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Astronauts to the Dark Side (of the Moon)

Yeah, right!

Scientists are planning to explore the far side of the Moon using a manned spacecraft for the first since since the Apollo landings of 1968.

Engineers with aerospace giant Lockheed Martin want to send up astronauts into stationary orbit above Earth's best-known natural satellite to study it further.

The firm hopes to use remote controlled robots dispatched from their spacecraft to collect samples and explore the South Pole-Aitken basin on the Moon, one of the oldest craters in the solar system.

Crucially they also hope it will serve as a test for a future possible mission to Mars - the six month trip would see if the equipment and the astronauts - most likely from the US - were capable of enduring long-term space travel. (snip)

So long as NASA approves, it will give both organisations the chance to see how humans respond to lengthy doses of deep space radiation, a key problem on a longer Martian trip.

Ha ha, very funny NASA-- you jokers!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked this part of that U.K. rag's piece:

Lockheed Martin are the firm behind the Orion capsule, shown here on its way to the far side of the moon.


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