A functioning U.S. lunar base could be operating at one of the Moon’s poles in a decade, given the decision to build it and the resources to follow through, lunar-exploration experts say. The job would require a heavy-lift rocket like NASA’s planned Space Launch System (SLS); a deep-space capsule like the agency’s Orion crew vehicle; habitats shielded from the hard radiation on the lunar surface, and a lot of in situ resource utilization (ISRU), probably with robots using ...


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