• Oct. 6, 2019, 1:53 p.m.

    When I first heard about NASA's proposal for a crewed space station in lunar orbit I thought it was a dumb idea. If you're trying to go to the Moon why stop in the middle? It would cost extra fuel, and there's nothing there that you wouldn't have to bring yourself in the first place.

    But I may change my mind. If NASA is actually planning a massive telerobotics operation on the ground, it's an excellent idea. You get real-time control over surface activities without all the expensive and dangerous landings and takeoffs. I don't know if that is what they are thinking though.

    I'd like to see your opinions on the Gateway, be they pro or con. Any light on what NASA has in mind for this is especially welcome.

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    Oct. 9, 2019, 9:50 a.m.

    I'm fairly neutral towards the idea. Any infrastructure in space will be great for a number of reasons, but I too would like to see more presence on the actual moon itself, as you said before. However, it really depends where NASA wants to go with this. I would say that something like this would happen after we have a re-established presence on the Moon, beacuse that is what people like Bezos and Musk are pushing for. After that such a facility might be the natural next project, besides their orbiting lunar station projects.

  • Oct. 11, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

    So maybe the Lunar Gateway should be made of lunar materials? ;)