It was used during the Apollo program to process and test the command, service and lunar modules
The creation of the Command and Lunar modules
and the Lunar Rover began with the Soviets' successful launch of Sputnik, the world's first manmade satellite.
The son of an aerospace engineer at North American Aviation, Butler had been an occasional visitor to the Downey facility where the Apollo 11 command and lunar modules
Kamen, patience wearing thin, patiently explained that when they did winter testing of the Segway last year, conditions that caused the test engineers to fall unceremoniously on their butts were readily negotiated by the Segway; the five solid-state gyroscopes and microprocessor array equivalent to the computing power that would be used for two lunar modules
proved to be rather adept.
The Apollo play set includes replicas of a command capsule, service and Lunar modules
, three action figure astronauts, and a 24" by 24" crater-speckled play mat.
suggested that the lunar regolith might be so thick and porous that craft such as NASA's then-to-be-launched series of unmanned Surveyors or even the astronaut-carrying Apollo lunar modules
might simply sink out of sight.
As the company that designed and built the original family of Apollo Lunar Modules
, and as one of NASA's key partners in helping define the nation's Vision for Space Exploration, we're delighted to partner with the X Prize Foundation to create a forum for new ideas and collaboration that will help return humans to the moon by 2020,'' said Art Stephenson, vice president, space exploration systems for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector.
Over the course of 10 years, employees designed and built 12 Lunar Modules