From the September 2009 issue

Leading Altair to the Moon

One of the tools that will help guide Altair is the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) project.
By | Published: September 28, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
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Three crew members work in the area of their lunar lander on the lunar surface in this NASA artist’s rendering. Please note that this artwork is not precise. NASA currently is seeking input from industry experts and is developing conceptual designs for Altair.

In the November issue of Astronomy, author Ray Villard introduced readers to possible future astronomy related technology. Currently, NASA is working on one of the items Villard mentioned — the Altair Lunar Lander.