In the last post I reported that new goals for NASA, established by the current Administration, not only involve sending astronauts to Mars, but a return series of trips to the moon. Instead of Apollo, the astronauts will travel in an “apollo-like” spacecraft called CEV (Crew Exploration Vehicle). I think NASA administrators are involved in naming this vehicle—the CEV?
Here is what it looks like:
It’s bigger than Apollo (18 feet vs 12 feet in diameter) and can hold four astronauts; it will also be launched by a smaller rocket than the Saturn V which shot Apollo into orbit; all four astronauts will be able to land on the moon, and when it returns to Earth, it will return to a land-base location, rather than being dropped into the ocean as the Apollo missions did.… Read more