NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) has run into some heavy political flack on Capitol Hill, but inside the agency there is a clear understanding that it can be the nucleus of a lot of advanced-technology developments needed for expansion of human spaceflight into the Solar System, regardless of the objective. Top agency managers say that putting astronauts in a “distant retrograde orbit” around the Moon, where it would take nine days to get home, can be an affordable next step out ...

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