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The EML-2 station could be used as a staging area for exploring near-Earth asteroids (Image: NASA)
Interior of a possible deep-space habitat module (Image: NASA)
A deep-space habitat derived from the International Space Station (Image: NASA)
The ELM-2 station would be built and serviced by NASA's Space Launch System (Image: NASA)
The EML-2 station could be used to mount an expedition to Mars (Image: NASA)
A near-term mission for the EML-2 station would be to control telepresence robots on the Moon (Image: Boeing)
The EML-2 station appears to be derived from Global Exploration Workshop proposal (Image: NASA)
Global Exploration Workshop's Asteroid First scenario (Image: NASA)
Earth-Moon Lagrange points (Image: EnEdC)
Contour plot showing the five Lagrane points (Image: Wikipedia)
After forty years of venturing no farther than low Earth orbit, NASA may have decided to establish a manned outpost at a greater distance than humanity has ever traveled before. According to documents seen by the Orlando Sentinel, NASA has chosen a proposal to build a space station beyond the Moon that will act as a “gateway spacecraft” to explore the Moon, the asteroids and eventually as a staging post to launch a manned mission to Mars.
Read the full article: NASA to build manned space station beyond the Moon?
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