A key finding of the Gold Team was that by using existing Shuttle parts and infrastructure, development of the Shuttle side-mount (SSM) would be cheaper and quicker than a newly designed heavy lift vehicle. Two SSM vehicles could launch a human mission to the Moon.
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The Vision for Space Exploration: A Brief History (Part 2)

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Paul Spudis

In Part 1 of this series, I sketched out some background regarding the conception and the announcement of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE). I will now share more of this history by describing some activities that occurred both within and outside of NASA during the first few months immediately following its rollout.

As part of the VSE speech, President Bush charged Former Secretary of the Air Force Pete Aldridge with chairing a commission to examine how NASA should implement the VSE. The Aldridge Commission, consisting of nine members drawn from government, academia and industry, was to report to NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe. I was asked to serve on this commission and eagerly accepted the job.

Read more: The Vision for Space Exploration: A Brief History (Part 2) | Spudis Lunar Resources.

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