8/31/2006

Going to the Moon Again-- Finally




NASA Awards Deep Space Contract

It has only been about 45 years since President Kennedy challenged NASA to take the US to the moon by the end of the 1960's. Today we have visions of going to the moon and beyond, and today we know how we're going to get there. Lockheed Martin, aerospace contractor, was awarded the contract over a competing bid from engineers at Northrop Grumman and Boeing, and will for the second time in a decade attempt to replace the space shuttle with a reusable deep space vehicle. They won the contract because their design relies on mostly known technologies and it seems very plausible this attempt will be much more successful than their last attempt, which failed because of technical problems. This is very exciting, especially since the Russians and Chinese announced this week that they will work collaboratively on a moon mission, with hopes of going to Mars. The race is on- good luck NASA.
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