Exploration: September 2007 Archives

Sputnik's anniversary raises questions about future of space exploration, USA Today

"There's less interest on the part of Americans in doing bold things," acknowledges Griffin, who nonetheless argues that public support for further human exploration of the solar system remains strong. Griffin sees NASA's $100 billion plan to return to the moon no sooner than a decade from now as an important first step in going to Mars."

Editor's note: With regard to "There's less interest on the part of Americans in doing bold things". Gee, Mike - if this is true, then please explain the surging popularity of extreme sports and other risky activities - and the media attention they draw. I would just love to see the data upon which you make these pronouncements. Conversely, Mike, if Americans are indeed less interested in "doing bold things", then please explain why you think that they would support you spending $100 billion of their money on something they do not support (exploring the solar system is certainly a bold thing) - indeed, on something (trips to the Moon) that we already did more than a generation ago. Talk about a non sequitur.


NASA ESMD Lunar Architecture Update

This presentation contains the charts used to present NASA's current Lunar Architecture at AIAA's Space 2007 conference last week.

Introduction to Session - Doug Stanley

Current exploration strategy and status - Doug Cooke

- Lunar Architecture update - Geoff Yoder
- Lunar Science - Laurie Leshin
- Pressurized Rover and EVA concepts - Mike Gernhardt

Editor's note: What I cannot understand is why ESMD presents charts like these IN public but then refuses to release them TO the public. I asked for them last week. Still no official reply from PAO or ESMD. SO ... here they are anyway.

NASA Revises and Updates Its Lunar Architecture, SpaceRef

"NASA has refined its plans for a return of humans to the moon. How it plans to do so is contained in its Lunar Architecture which is currently under development. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Deputy Associate Administrator Doug Cooke and others gave a preview of several presentations they would be making at an AIAA conference that afternoon. According to Cooke, "this has been an ongoing effort for more than a year starting in June 2006". In so doing, NASA involved a wide range of scientific, international, and commercial interests in these studies."

Editor's note: Doug Cooke and others updated the media regarding NASA's latest interation of its lunar architecture today via telecon. A series of presentations will be made at the AIAA meeting this afternoon. Detailed notes to follow. One notable recommendation: increase the Ares V payload fairing from 8.7 meters to 10 meters so as to allow a wider, shorter lander.



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