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Submission + - Using Fuel Depots Instead of Giant Rockets (nytimes.com)

EccentricAnomaly writes: The New York Times has a story about a leaked NASA study that showed it would cost $80 BIllion less and get astronauts to an asteroid sooner if NASA used fuel depots instead of developing a new rocket. According to the article, NASA's response to the leaked study is to start developing fuel depots in addition to continuing its new rocket program. Because, after all, who doesn't need more cool stuff.
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Using Fuel Depots Instead of Giant Rockets

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The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.