2011. július 12., kedd
While NASA has officially given up its plans to send humans back to the surface of the moon anytime soon, a contractor is proposing a mission to send a crew to a stationary spot in orbit over the far side of Earth's neighbor.
Lockheed Martin has begun pitching an L2-Farside Mission using its Orion spacecraft under development. [Illustration of the L-2 Farside Mission]The company says such an endeavor could sharpen skills and technologies needed for a trip to an asteroid ? as well as showcase techniques useful for exploring Mars by teleoperation as astronauts orbit the red planet. Both are stated goals under the new direction for NASA outlined by President Obama.