Permanent space support infrastructure
November 26, 2012
As the International Space Station completes its initial mission; refurbish it; strap on ion propulsion units and/or sails and move it into low lunar orbit to serve as an emergency rescue system, refueling station, and backup life support to aid in the evolution of space engineering and exploration. There it will support a permanent moon based University & Engineering Lab in which mining and construction facilities are developed; fuels are produced and parked at the ISS; and space agriculture is evolved. Moon U. will develop technologies for constructing permanent bases on Mars and other locations of interest. This string of way-stations will provide rescue and logistical support for the creation and settlement of ever more distant human habitats. These low gravity environments will greatly reduce the cost, energy, and pollution requirements necessary to venture out to the greater universe.
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