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Not the previous Boeing proposal, but a much more evolved one.

A medium sized space station placed at the 2nd Earth-Moon Libreation point (EML-2), a gravity well in space on the far side of the Moon, that would serve as a jumping off point for lunar and deep space missions. EML-2 is also the same gravitational stability point where the James Webb Space Telescope would be located. Spacecraft would be assembled in low Earth orbit then transerred and/or refueled by space tug or tankers. A re-usable lunar lander is part of the proposal.

Boeing & Lockhees (US), EADS Astrium (France), Energia (Russia), MDA (Canada), Alenia (Italy) and MHI (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan.)

Lots of pretty pictures & info -
PDF: http://spirit.as.utexas.edu/~fiso/telecon/Raftery_12-12-12/Raftery_12-12-12.pdf

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Cool a Space Dock, now to start making the 'Original Enterprise'
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If it's not the DS9 station, no deal!

This is seriously very cool.
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Thanks Doc, this one and the Access to Mars PDF you provided will keep me busy during the holidays for sure!

The ship looks a lot like the one they used in the satirical MARS movie, though that one was powered by an ion beam. the more proposals like this we have, the more will come to fruition, everyone know we have the tech to do this easily. it's just deciding to do it already. Forty years away from true space is long enough.

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