Science

The Audaciousness of Apollo


Still serving as an inspiration today for those hoping that the human race will someday venture beyond the orbit of our moon to other planets and beyond, the Apollo program is still unsurpassed in it scope and audaciousness. From its inception and from the very moment that President John F. Kennedy declared that America should set out on the grand adventure of setting a man on the moon and safely returning him to earth, the program was marked by boldness. Recently, the bivouac grew in appreciation of the effort after acquiring and putting together a lego version of the rocket. The size of the astronauts in comparison to the rocket reminds one of just how daunting the program must have felt at times for the tens of thousand of citizens who contributed to the accomplishment.

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It fantastic to see the challenge of space travel being taken up once again with the likes of Elon Musk's SpaceX group. Below is a nice clip showing various space vehicles all rendered on pad 39-A for side by side comparison.

 

Everything Old is New Again

NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin with a 5 year 3.9 billion dollar contract to build the agency's next generation space vehicle. Looking very much like a slightly scaled up version of the Apollo program's Command Module, the Orion space vehicle will carry astronauts back to the moon and ultimatley on to Mars. Orion's first launch is expected no later than 2014.

For more information visit David Darling's helpful Orion spacecraft overview page.

Orion