Friday, May 19, 2006

Rough Camping Out On Lunar World Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas
Going back on the moon will be no easy task for future astronauts. Aside from dealing with a variety of tasks and experiments that NASA (or other nations) will give them, it appears that living quarters may be a little tight as well.

(Red Orbit) The space agency's plans call for the initial shelters to be cramped quarters within lunar landers, similar to the bare-bones enclosures that housed Apollo astronauts during six visits to the moon between 1969 and 1972. [...]

"The best analogy we have come up with is that you would be evolving from a camping trip, at least on the short initial missions, to basically a recreational vehicle," NASA's Larry Toups said of the envisioned shelters.

"The RV would be something that you could check into and possibly evolve into something larger," said Toups, head of the lunar habitation planning team.

It seems that priority (area wise) will be given towards the equipment, such as air locks and their working stations, not to mention housing the dusty space suit every time they venture out. NASA will probably also examine how the dust affects their health, as the fine particles can be hazardous to the lungs over time.

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