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Astronomy Presentation

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Brijette Sears

on 23 April 2010

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One Small Step for Team 6... by:
Brijette Sears
David Mann
Mike Cervantes
Andrea Abrahamson Summary
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Past
Successes [Manned] Summary
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Past
Failures [Manned] Fun Spin-Offs Cost Effectiveness Safety What is Going on in 2010 Political Implications The Apollo Moon Program Apollo 17
December 7, 1972
Last human mission to explore the moon
Spent 3 days on the moon Summary
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Past
Successes [Unmanned] Summary
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Past
Failures [Unmanned] Rovers on Mars Purpose
To assess the history of environmental conditions at sites that may once have been wet and favorable to life
unched on June 10, 2004 and landed January 4
Supposed to last 90 days; has been on Mars since 2005 Project Gemini 1965-1966
Included the first American extravehicular activity
included rendezvous and docking Luna 15 Russia tried to steal America's potential success of returning Moon samples to Earth before Apollo 11 could
Designed to return soil samples from the lunar surface
Failed because Armstrong & Buzz were already on the surface when it began its descent
Spacecraft crashed into a mountain minutes later Luna Programs Luna 16, Luna 20 and Luna 24 space crafts were the first to collect samples of lunar soil and return them to earth [by 1970] Apollo 1 Launchpad fire that resulted in the deaths of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee
Oxygen tank rupture on Apollo 13 during the moonward phase of its journey, which disabled the command spacecraft "If every kind of confetti miraculously turned onto gold during the return trip, the mission would still lose $270 million" "Each shuttle launched could pay for 2 to 3 unmanned missions" "Space is a hostile place for humans. All their needs must be met by bringing a hospitable environment up from a steep gravity well, the cost of which is enormous" For the Individual Muscle Mass
Bone Loss
Radiation Poisoning For the Crew There have been 4 fatal in-flight accidents
There have been 8 fatal training accidents Government Funding pays for space exploration, which comes from tax players. Manned missions cost about 2 to 3 times more than unmanned missions The government usually needs to fully support NASA's mission objectives The Obama administration is committed to space exploration and has been since its presidential campaign
After the election, Obama cancelled Bush’s constellation program and will retire the space shuttle program Spirit & Opportunity
Mission highlights include completion of the 90-sol mission, discovery of the first meteor on another planet, among other things Important
Spin-Offs In Conclusion... "The bottom line is, nobody is more committed to manned spaceflight, to human exploration of space, than I am, but we've got to do it in a smart way and we can't just keep on doing the same old things we've been doing and thinking that somehow that's going to get us where we want to go."- President Obama The New Space Policy Plan
NASA’s budget will be increased, $6 billion over the next five years.
The funding is provided for NASA to create new heavy-life vehicles.
Obama wants NASA to plan manned missions to near-earth Asteroids in the 2020s, to Mars in 2030s, but no return to the moon.
The Luna Programs were was a series of robotic spacecraft missions sent to the Moon by the Soviet Union between 1959 and 1976
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