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RocketmanRob
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posted 09-01-2006 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can someone help clear up some of my confusion regarding the various project names associated with NASA's return to the moon efforts. Let me know if I am correct:

1) Project Constellation is the name of the overall effort (similar to Project Apollo)?

2) Project Ares is the name of the project to develop the booster (similar to Saturn)?

3) Project Orion is the name of the project to develop the crew vehicle? Also known as the CEV?

I'm interested in this stuff and I can't seem to keep it all straight. Can't imagine what the confusion is like in the general public.

If anyone could help clarify my stupid question I would appreciate it.

Thanks,

Rob

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-01-2006 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An earlier thread addresses this, but to answer your questions:

(1) No. Constellation is not a Project. Its a Program. There isn't an Apollo-era equivalent other than the Manned Space Flight Program. The Constellation Program encompasses all future manned and unmanned NASA exploration efforts.

(2) Yes.

(3) Yes and like Apollo, it will also be the name of the missions, e.g. Orion 11 will fly the Orion crew in an Orion command module.

At least, that is how it has been explained by NASA in internal documents.

RocketmanRob
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posted 09-01-2006 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert-

Thanks for clarifying. I was getting confused reading all of the recent reports in the news.

Rob

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