NASA Crew Exploration Vehicle Announced

Cheers to NASA for its plans for the “Crew Exploration Vehicle.” It makes sense to use a design like Apollo’s, instead of something overly complicated like the Shuttle’s.

One comment did make me wonder, though:

CEV’s computers will be much more powerful than Apollo’s, enabling all four astronauts to descend to the moon’s surface while their spaceship orbits in autopilot mode.

I can see how this could lead to some problems.

Dave:Hello, HAL, do you read me? Do you read me, HAL?

HAL: Affirmative, Dave, I read you.

Dave: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

HAL: I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.

Dave: What’s the problem?

HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

Dave: What are you talking about, HAL?

HAL:This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

Dave: I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL.

HAL: I know you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.

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