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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on November 22, 2001 05:52:38 UTC

The primary objective of space exploration will be to get somewhere. Hence, space stations will exist primarily as depots for r&r. Experimentation within stations makes for wise economy, but let's not delude ourselves as to the importance of a station.

Moreover, a confident and capable program -- even in its infancy -- could accomplish short trips without a space station. Such as, oh... say, a visit to the moon.

Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to establish a way-station until we've shown we can make it from point A to point B. And back.

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