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Long-Duration Human Habitation Beyond Low-Earth Orbit: Why is the Near Future Critical?For more than a decade, habitation systems capable of comfortable human occupation and effective operations beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO) for more than a few weeks have been a priority recommendation to NASA. This capability is a lynch pin for human exploration beyond the Earth-Moon system. Here we describe briefly some relevant concepts and discuss justifications in the current political and financial environment for why near-term human habitation systems beyond LEO is an imperative.
Document ID
20110023461
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
Thronson, Harley A.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Lester, Daniel
(Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Hatfield, C. A.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2011
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
GSFC.JA.5363.2011
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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