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Gemini Lunar SSS
Gemini Lunar SSS
Drawing of the Gemini Lunar Surface Survival Shelter. The shelter would be landed, unmanned, near the landing site of a stranded Apollo Lunar Module. In the event the LM ascent stage would not light to take the crew back to the Apollo CSM in lunar orbit, the two astronauts could go to the shelter and await a rescue mission. The astronaut in the CSM would return alone in the Apollo spacecraft.

Credit: McDonnell Douglas. 28,505 bytes. 522 x 395 pixels.


Manufacturer's Designation: McDonnell-Douglas. Class: Manned. Type: Lunar Lander. Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: McDonnell-Douglas.

Prior to an Apollo moon landing attempt, the shelter would be landed, unmanned, near the landing site of a stranded Apollo Lunar Module. In the event the LM ascent stage would not light to take the crew back to the Apollo CSM in lunar orbit, the two astronauts could go to the shelter and await a rescue mission. The astronaut in the CSM would return alone in the Apollo spacecraft.


Specification

Craft.Crew Size: 2. Total Habitable Volume: 3.00 m3. Total Mass: 45,000 kg. Total Propellants: 30,000 kg. Primary Engine Thrust: 8,980 kgf. Main Engine Propellants: N2O4/UDMH. Main Engine Isp: 311 sec. Total spacecraft delta v: 3,400 m/s.



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