NASA’s Apollo 11 moon landing mission was a resounding success, but some experts say NASA’s Moon Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft is far more capable of landing a crew safely.
The moon landing was hailed as the greatest scientific achievement in human history.
But for some experts, the mission has been hampered by a series of technical problems that have put the mission at risk of being destroyed by the lunar environment.
A new report from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the Moon Recorder spacecraft is designed to land a crew on the moon at a low rate of speed — but it will likely take too long for the mission to succeed.
The report, titled “Landing on the Moon: Unstoppable?” says the spacecraft will not be able to land at a rate of less than 1,600 miles per hour (1,800 km/h) until at least the fourth orbit around the moon.
That rate of descent is less than half the speed of sound, the report says.
“It’s just unbelievable,” says Brian Krebs, chief scientist for the Planetary Society, a nonprofit space advocacy group.
“The problem is that the spacecraft has no engine, it has no fuel and it has a very small mass.
It’s just not fast enough to be able carry a crew.”
The report says the agency has been unable to develop an autonomous landing system that would keep the spacecraft from crashing into the moon’s surface.
The agency has tried to get to the bottom of the problem by flying over the moon and analyzing its surface, but the results have been inconclusive.
“We are working on that, but I don’t know if it’s even worth it,” Krebs said.
“I think the Moon is just too big.”
Krebs says the problem is also the result of the way the spacecraft was designed.
“This is the biggest challenge of the mission,” he said.
The new report is the result, Krebs told CNN, of “a lot of people saying the spacecraft doesn’t need an engine and we don’t need any propellant.”
The spacecraft’s designers have acknowledged that the moon is an extremely challenging environment for humans to operate in, but it’s also a very important place for the spacecraft to land on, according to the report.
“If the spacecraft fails on the surface, the astronauts will die and the mission will not have succeeded,” Kreb said.
NASA launched the Moon Program in 1986, and it’s been conducting missions to the moon since then.
In 2017, NASA launched its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Test Vehicle, or LRO, which will use the spacecraft’s cameras and cameras to measure the moon from orbit.
LRO is scheduled to launch in 2021.
The NASA-funded space agency has made the moon a priority since the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the lunar surface.
In 2016, President Donald Trump announced a $1.5 billion plan to build a massive lunar base, a goal that has been met.
But it’s unclear whether the new report will change NASA’s approach to the lunar program.
“In some ways, I don, I think we are going to continue on with the mission and continue to invest in it, and I think the fact that it’s a very, very, long way from landing on the first lunar lander, I can see where they’re going to be a little bit more conservative on that,” Kreps said.
In addition to NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration also launched the Apollo program and has made a number of major scientific discoveries in the decades since.
But those missions have also had a number issue with the way in which they were flown.
The most recent NASA report says NASA is now in the process of building a new space station to house the space station.
The space station has a crew of six astronauts and will be built on a much smaller scale.