NASA Video Tour of Altair Lander February 4, 2009Posted by Nick Azer in : Altair, NASA , add a comment
For more detailed video on the lander, embedded below is an educational video from NASA geared towards kids, but that is surprisingly interesting and informative in general about the Altair:
NASA Seeking Concept Proposals for Altair Lunar Lander January 28, 2009Posted by Nick Azer in : Altair, NASA , 3comments
Specifically, NASA is looking for “concept definition” and “requirements analysis support” for the lander that will carry four astronauts to the Moon “late in the next decade”.
Check out this neat official NASA animation from Youtube of the Altair landing at the primary proposed site for a moon base, Shackleton Crater:
NASA abandons accelerated Orion 2013 plan (News) August 12, 2008Posted by Nick Azer in : Altair, Ares I, Ares V, Constellation, Current News, NASA, Orion (craft), Space Shuttle , add a comment
Alt. Eagle June 5, 2008Posted by Nick Azer in : Altair, Apollo, Artemis , add a comment
The Eagles are coming, the Eagles are coming!
-Bilbo Baggins, “The Hobbit”
The successor to the Apollo missions’ Eagle lander is the above: the Altair lander (christened as such last December). It’s named after the twelfth-brightest star in the sky, a star which is within the Aquila (‘Eagle’ in Latin) system.
First going into use in missions around 2019 (that’s only 11 years, folks), the Altair features neat little additions (compared to the Apollo modules) such as an airlock and a ‘food warmer‘ (woot for microwaves and their rough equivalents).
Fun fact: early rumors that the lander would be called Artemis (twin sister of Apollo in Greek mythology) turned out to be false; though I’ll say, that’s an awfully cool name, and should by all means be used somewhere else (perhaps in exploration, as Artemis was the goddess of hills and forests) :)