Observing the Future of Spaceflight
Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong and Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan toured one of the Altair mock-ups at NASA's Johnson Space Center on Dec. 9, 2008. The Altair lunar lander will take human beings to the surface of the moon for the first time since Apollo and is part of NASA's Constellation Program. Armstrong and Cernan are looking at the concepts for the living quarters inside Altair. In the background are Wayne Ottinger, who worked on the Apollo lunar lander training vehicle, and Jack Schmitt, Apollo 17 lunar module pilot.
The veteran astronauts visited Johnson and talked with the Altair lunar lander team about design concepts.
Image Credit: NASA/James Blair