Michel Van said:Bill Walker said:Maybe I'm missing something here, but why would you launch wings to the moon, and then leave them there? Was the basic vehicle configuration originally based on another mission?
oh, that here about to use of Gemini for Mars mission.
the wing are used for entering in mars atmosphere.
And bearing in mind that it's from 1963. They didn't know how thin Mars' atmosphere was yet -- Mariner 4 only gave us our first good measurement in July 1965. Wings like this would be near-useless with the pressures we know about now.