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NASA's Deep-Space Outpost Submission

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:22:29 -0300
Archived: Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:54:12 -0400
Subject: NASA's Deep-Space Outpost Submission


Considering LEO and the ISS is bracketed in a band about 150 to
300NM above the Earththis would be major step toward deep-space.
Not holding my breath, though.

Don Ledger

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From: Aero News Network
NASA Planning Deep-Space Outpost

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm

Would Orbit Earth At 277,000 Miles

NASA has a plan on the drawing board that would establish
an outpost some 277,000 miles from the Earth, according to
documents obtained by a Florida newspaper. The space
station would maintain an orbit beyond that of the moon,
and be a "staging area" for potential Lunar and Martian
missions.

According to an enterprise report in the Orlando Sentinel, the
agency thinks that the outpost could be built at least in part
with leftover parts from the ISS about 38,000 miles beyond the
moon. The orbit was chosen because it represents an
"equilibrium" point that would allow the station to stay in
orbit with minimal power. The orbit is called the "Earth-Moon
Lagrange Point 2."

NASA administrator Charles Bolden reportedly briefed the White
House on the plan earlier this month. There is no indication of
the level of support that may be coming from the Obama
administration.

The outpost would be built in a series of missions using the SLS
and Orion spacecraft currently in development. Such a program
would give the Orion, designed as a follow-on to the space
shuttle, a more immediate purpose.

But of course, cost is always the issue with NASA. Such a
program would likely cost billions of dollars, and even
congressional proponents of the agency say the money is "going
to get tighter". Astronaut safety is also a major consideration.
At that distance, anyone on board the station would be subjected
to high levels of solar and other radiation, and it would be a
long way to get home should something go wrong.


FMI: www.nasa.gov



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