Thursday, December 13, 2007
NASA has named their future lunar lander Altair
After going through many acronyms and technical names NASA has settled on Altair as the name of their next lunar lander. Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila and is the twelfth brightest star in the night sky. Also in Latin it means eagle which relates back to the Apollo 11 Eagle. The new Altair logo can be found at http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-121307a.html. Orion crew vehicles and Altair lunar landers will launch to Earth orbit on Ares I and Ares V rockets respectively. Each lander will be capable of bringing up to four astronauts to the surface of the moon along with supplies and equipment to set up an outpost. Hopefully we will be back to the moon by 2020 with NASA though I imagine we will be there much sooner by the way of private companies especially with Google's X Prize (Odyssey Moon accepts Google X Prize). Well I wish best of luck to NASA and their endeavors.