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1994

1994 - Gregory Bennett founds the Artemis Society


1995

March 14th, 1995 - Several mysterious investors are given a run-down on the Project by Bennett. After some deliberation, they offer to give five billion American dollars in donations, in return for being upon the first tourist craft to the Moon.


May 8th, 1995 - Discussion with Lockheed-Martin results in the Titan rocket becoming the main vehicle for the Artemis Project. It is also determined, however, that the first manned mission will be done through NASA's shuttle fleet, to prevent any loss of life.


June 12th, 1995 - The Selene Project is announced. Probes would be sent to the Moon to retrieve Lunar samples then return to Earth.


1996

February 21st, 1996 - Selene 1 launches without any problems. It would return with over four pounds of Lunar rock, which would then exceed the revenue expectations of the Board.


March 2nd, 1996 - The Artemis Project is officially endorsed by President Bill Clinton, which aids in further investment.


July 6th, 1996 - George Bennett and other managers of the Project reach a consensus that the lunar base should be built within one of the major craters, specifically its wall, or within any lava-tubes that may exist. Also, the Selene Program has been extended to eight missions from its original two.


August 17th, 1996 - Selene 2 launches from Cape Canaveral. It lands upon the surface of the Moon, but fails to respond to commands after that point. Lunar Probes are checked repeatedly before launch from then on as a result.


November 30th, 1996 - Selene 3 lands in the Crater Copernicus and takes photographs of the surrounding area, while also taking a eight-pound sample of lunar rocks. Revenues begin to skyrocket, while the Lunar Resources Company begins researching into possible uses for the lunar soil.


1997

January 12th 1997 – Due to the increase in funds, Bennett and other members of the project have agreed to move the reference mission up from 2002 to 2001. Negotiations with the National Aeronautics Space Administration are ongoing over use of the Space Shuttle.


March 2nd 1997 – Selene 4 launches from Cape Canaveral, with it the scientific rover Actaeon 1. While the Selene probe retrieves additional lunar samples, Actaeon 1 proceeds to scout out the terrain, specifically the Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility).


May 18th 1997 – Discussions over the Actaeon Program heat up based over the cost efficiency. Eventually, it is decided that the program will remain, in order for the astronauts not to have to personally cover the space-habs, which will make up the lunar facility, with lunar soil.


May 25th 1997 – Selene 5 launches, along with the Actaeon 2 rover. Plans to put on the Actaeon 3 were shelved when simulations showed that the descent upon the lunar surface would become incredibly unstable.


July 9th 1997 – Selene 6 is delayed by an estimated three months, when George Bennett orders that the Selene modules be upgraded to carry three Actaeon rovers each, along with at least 20-25 pounds of lunar soil during the return trip.


October 1st 1997 – Selene 6 is launched. Actaeon rovers 3, 4 and 5 land safely upon the lunar surface, and Selene 6 returns with an estimated 21 pounds of lunar rock. However, communications with Actaeon 5 are lost 23 minutes after touchdown, with no known explanation.


December 22nd 1997 – Ouranos 1 is announced by George Bennett in a address before Congress, where they will launch a manned Titan rocket, in order to test the new Artemis Suit. This is initially met with skepticism, until NASA administrator Daniel S. Goldin confirmed the plans himself.


1998

February 16th 1998 – Selene 7 is launched, with Actaeon 6, 7 and 8.


February 27th 1998 – It has been decided that the lunar base will be constructed with the crater Copernicus. George Bennett had hoped it would be closer to the Apollo 11 landing site, and even then preferred one upon one of the poles. However, the board of directors from LRC over-rode his initiative.

June 2nd 1998 - STS-91 launches to the space station Mir. It is the tenth and last Shuttle-Mir mission.

June 17th 1998 – The last probe of the Selene program, Selene 8, is launched, along with Actaeon 9, 10 and 11. Discussions to extend the program were stalled, with a division between those who saw it as a source of revenue, and those who wanted to immediately move into a manned program.

June 20th 1998-Zarya,the first ISS module,is launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome. June 26th 1998 – The Selene Program is revived, though the next launch is not expected to occur until April, due to fund being diverted to a lunar orbiter, known as Argus.


July 4th 1998 – Ouranos I launches from Cape Canaveral at 11:39 AM, piloted by Joe Frank Edwards Jr. He would stay in orbit for two days before splashing down in the Pacific.


July 5th 1998 – Both China and India would unofficially speed up their manned space programs in light of the Ouranos Program.

July 9th 1998-STS-88/Endeavor. First ISS assembly mission.


July 12th 1998 - Gregory Bennett argues with the Lunar Resources Company over the diversion of funds. It prefers that most of the funds go toward the Selene Program rather than the Ouranous Program. Bennett is thinking of separating to two companies.


July 20th 1998 - The Artemis Society effectively cuts ties with the Lunar Resources Company. All fund are now handled by the Society itself. The Society is now known as the Artemis Corporation. The reference mission is delayed to NET 2006 and subsumed by NASA's Exploration Office.


August 3rd 1998 - NASA reveals that it is training nine astronauts for Artemis. They will be ready for launches next year. Until then, Artemis will have to depend upon Joe Edwards and Terrance Wilcutt.

September 15th 1998-STS-96/Atlantis. First shuttle mission to dock with ISS.

October 29th 1998-STS-95/Discover. John Glenn returns to space, aged 77.

December 31st 1998 - Ouranous 2 is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A new module is used, almost identical to the Apollo Command Module, though updated for the times. It splashes down in the Pacific after four days in orbit.

1999

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