The MPCV project is establishing two software-only simulation environments, Software-Only Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Risk Reduction Analysis and Test Engineering Simulator (SOCRRATES) and Partition Level Application Test for Orion (PLATO). SOCRRATES is being developed by Lockheed Martin and being delivered to the Kedalion Laboratory at Johnson Space Center (JSC). PLATO is developed by engineers within […]

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On Friday, May 5, 2000, all of the planets that are visible to the naked eye on Earth lined up, roughly, in a straight line. In astronomy this is referred to as a “syzygy”.  The Earth, Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn lined up “like pearls on a chain.” Unfortunately, we weren’t even […]