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Posted 26 August 2006 - 11:31 AM

Brandon Hill (Blog) - August 24, 2006 12:14 PM
Project Orion will land Americans back on the moon by 2020

NASA made officially announced the name of its moon vehicle yesterday -- a week ahead of schedule. The reason for the early reveal was because an American astronaut on the international space station let the name slip over an open radio channel. "We've been calling it the crew exploration vehicle for several years, but today it has a name... Orion," said astronaut Jeffrey Williams. NASA officials denied the Orion name shortly after the leak, but later confirmed the name.
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=3909


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Posted 26 August 2006 - 01:37 PM

Is it just me, or does the whole "NASA trying to keep mission info secret for the sake of publicity" kinda pathetic? I mean, i understand why movies and video games withhold major plot points and character/actor information, or why software companies have codenames for new projects, but NASA trying to follow suit and create "hype" for their missions? They're a freakin government agency created to research and acquire new information.

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Posted 26 August 2006 - 09:47 PM

Maybe they wanted to make sure they beat this announcement...

China-Russia Plan Joint Mission to Mars
Michael Hoffman (Blog) - August 25, 2006 5:02 PM
The mission would launch sometime in 2009

Most nations with a capable space program appear to have their sights on Mars. Russia and China have agreed to launch a joint mission that would gather rock samples from Mars and the Red Planet's nearest moon in 2009. China will supply all necessary scientific and survey equipment for the shuttle, while Russia will launch the spacecraft. A leading scientist at the Chinese Research Institute of Space Technology made the announcement during a Chinese space technology forum. China wants to focus specifically on the Earth's moon and Mars over the next five years.
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=3932


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