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About Apollo as a baseline: The Apollo program and its "before the end of the decade" timeframe was driven by informed speculation about what the US could achieve in order to overtake or at least close the gap on the (then) Soviet Union in the "space race". About timeframes: NASA's own plan for a (crewed) return to the Moon aimed for 2028; the 2024 ...


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There is a lot in development to meet the 2024 Human Lunar return goal set by the National Space Council. At IAC this year, Blue Origin unveiled their national team consisting of themselves, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper Labs. This team will collaboratively build a Lunar Lander and submitted to NASA's design request on November 5th. Their ...


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According to Quanzhi Ye (via tweet; while not a primary source, he is planetary scientist who understands Chinese) it is for simulating Mars' lower gravity while testing obstacle avoidance for the Chinese Martian landers. There is some additional information on the testing program for the lander and Long March 5 rocket, which will carry it to Mars, in this ...


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