Science: Lunar Lore

In the fast-changing vernacular of the space age LOR (Lunar Orbital Rendezvous) has suddenly become one of the big words in U.S. space doctrine. Last week the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that the first U.S. astronauts will attempt a LOR trip, i.e., land on the lunar surface by piloting a small "bug'' down from a mother ship parked on an orbit around the moon (TIME, June 22). After a spot of exploring, they will take off again in the bug and rejoin the mother ship for the return trip to earth. NASA now thinks that this bizarre-sounding system will...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!