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NASA Quest for Gas Stations in Space

Velcroman1 (1667895) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "Last week, Slashdotters read about a NASA proposal for in-space 'gas' stations located at strategic spots along a route — a potential boon to spaceflight. The system would be set up ahead of time, with depots drifting idly through the blackness while waiting for a rocket to dock. All the fuel and the propellant depots would be launched before a human mission left for the asteroids or for Mars. FoxNews.com spoke with NASA about the proposal, which the space agency says "could create a small space economy in propellants and refueling."

Space policy expert James Muncy agrees. “We will need the technologies eventually anyway,” he said. “We can’t go to Mars without them.”"

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