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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Apr 6, 2006 14:18:10 GMT -6
NASA To Announce New Robotic Lunar Lander Mission in 2008
This recent NASA media announcement has to do with the fact that NASA wants to put a lunar lander on LRO as a secondary payload. Raytheon has a proposal in for a design for such a landing vehicle.
NASA Exploration Briefing on New Lunar Mission
Exploration Systems managers will brief news media at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, April 10, about plans to conduct high risk and high return research of the lunar surface using a new spacecraft. The press conference will be held in the NASA Headquarters auditorium, 300 E Street S.W., Washington.
The press conference will air live on NASA TV and NASA.gov. Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA locations.
NASA managers, engineers, and scientists have been reviewing secondary spacecraft proposals that take advantage of the payload capability of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, the rocket that will launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in October 2008.
Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Scott Horowitz and lunar program managers will announce the winning proposal and discuss its unique mission.