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[i]Last month NASA announced one key detail about the lunar lander that will be a key element in the agency's plans to return to the Moon: its name. Little else is known about Altair, as the lander is now known, other than it will be able to host four astronauts on the lunar surface for a week. Although NASA has published some conceptual illustrations of the spacecraft, the actual design of Altair won't be finalized until early next decade, assuming that the Vision for Space Exploration survives the change in presidential administrations next year in something resembling its current form. In the meantime, engineers at NASA and in industry will work on design studies and related work that will better define what Altair will look like. The question is, will they be as creative and inventive as their predecessors were nearly a half-century ago when they worked on the original push to the Moon, as so richly illustrated in the book The Lunar Exploration Scrapbook?[/i]
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