Alternate Approaches to Exploration

Discipline: Environmental Control/Life Support

The Constellation Program (CxP) envisioned exploration of the Moon and Mars using an extrapolation of the Apollo approach. Chambliss provided a brief overview of the CxP approaches for lunar and Mars missions and some of the alternatives that were considered. He described an alternative approach referred to as a Single Crew Module (SCM) approach. The SCM concept employs new technologies in a way that could reduce exploration cost and possibly schedule. The presentation and discussion also included options to the approaches.

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