Orbiting gas station could refuel lunar missions – space – 31 July 2009 – New Scientist

This just makes a lot of sense…

Orbiting gas station could refuel lunar missions – space – 31 July 2009 – New Scientist: “FORGET huge, expensive rockets. A plan being examined by a US government panel would allow smaller, cheaper rockets to fly to the moon and beyond by stopping off at an ‘orbiting gas station’.

With conventional rockets, many tonnes of fuel are needed on such missions for each tonne of payload. Sending astronauts or the heftiest robotic probes to these distant destinations therefore requires huge launchers.”

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