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Have you heard about the Lockheed lunar lander?

Wow.
This isn't your grandfather's lunar lander.
Today (Oct. 3), aerospace giant Lockheed Martin revealed its concept for a reusable, single-stage spaceship capable of ferrying four astronauts between lunar orbit and the surface of the moon.
For comparison, the expendable lunar lander that NASA used during the Apollo program carried two people and weighed 4.7 tons (4.3 metric tons) without propellant. Lockheed's craft would weigh 24 tons (22 metric tons) dry and tip the scales at 68 tons (62 metric tons) when fully fueled. [Lunar Legacy: 45 Apollo Moon Mission Photos]

The Lockheed lander would use as its home base the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, a small space station that NASA aims to start building near the moon in 2022.
See links.
https://futurism.com/the-byte/lockheed-martin-moon-lander?utm_source=Digest&utm_campaign=541338040d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_04_04_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_03cd0a26cd-541338040d-246828637&mc_cid=541338040d&mc_eid=7cec7e2d75
https://www.space.com/42011-lockheed-martin-unveils-huge-moon-lander.html

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Kravenhead
That is a Wow! Pretty cool looking.

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It looks more like what we're used to seeing in Sci-Fi movies.
These larger landers should be an improvement in terms of health, too.
Being jammed into a can like a sardine isn't healthy.
The longer the mission, the more space astronauts are going to need.
If I were a kid today, I might seriously consider being an astronaut.
I love exploration of all kinds.

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Kravenhead
18 day(s) ago
I've always been a sort of by the seat of my pants type.
I've gotten more cautious with age. Probably because I break easier now.

philosopher
18 day(s) ago
I like science but, I am not brave enough to be a pioneer. I fear the unknown and unpredictable. I like structure, order and similarity. Some excitement is cool but, too much change at once is uncomfortable.

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