Artemis is the twin
sister of Apollo in Greek mythology. She is the moon, and Apollo is the
sun. Artemis is also goddess of the hunt, a constant reminder that our
project is a voyage of exploration, a venture which will live off the land
in its travels and return products of great value to our home on Earth.
For more information about the Goddess of the Moon, read
Early in the project, we decided to go back to the tradition of taking
names for manned space programs from ancient mythology. Mercury, Gemini,
and Apollo carried human beings to
the moon in less than ten years, but manned space programs lost sight of
their exploratory nature and fell into lethargic bureaucracy when they
adopted more pedestrian names like Skylab, the Space Shuttle, and the Space
Although her name is not yet quite a household word, Artemis is
one of the more popular Greek goddesses. Her
name appears as an acronym on a scheduling software package, a small
European standard satellite program, as the nickname for NASA's robotic
lander in the Common Lunar Lander Study conducting during the days of the
Space Exploration Initiative, on a line of time pieces, several lines of
ladies' intimate apparel, and at least one Greek restaurant in practically
every city in the world.
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