NASA's New Altair Lunar Lander Simulation

The Constellation program may be in trouble, but that doesn't mean NASA's boffins are sitting around playing Asteroids, and flying rocket models. They are still planning to get back to the Moon, and they built a cool simulator for it:

Here's the Altair moon lander simulator, the newest, most exciting toy for astronauts planning to go to the Moon and beyond. It's also one of the most difficult arcade games they can play, requiring landing within 10 feet of the target coordinates. Built on the Vertical Motion Simulator at the NASA Ames Research centre, the sim has a similar internal layout to the real Altair's, which itself is very similar to the old Apollo Lunar Module, requiring astronauts to stand up looking down small windows. [CNET via Hyperbola]

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