A flash of light races across the field of stars, announcing the arrival of another Altair cargo vessel. Stars are seldom seen on the Moon, but in the deep shadows of the south pole, Shackleton inhabitants see them frequently. Altair lands near a homing beacon a safe distance away from the outpost. The twelve-wheeled Chariot transports lumber toward the landing site as a robot ATHLETE offloads the precious cargo—a module that will add nearly 20 percent living space and bring scientific laboratory facilities to the lunar settlement. A permanent international crew of seven already tends Shackleton base, with more to come.
KeywordsInternational Space Station Landing Site Lunar Surface Lunar Explorer Johnson Space
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