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Boeing Debuts Concept for Space Shuttle and Lunar Outpost Boeing Debuts Concept for Space Shuttle and Lunar Outpost

Boeing Debuts Concept for Space Shuttle and Lunar Outpost

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The buzz surrounding the race to Mars has mostly focused on what explorers will do once they get there. But astronauts will spend significant time aboard the spacecraft transporting them there, leading to long-overdue speculation about plans for a shuttle.

Boeing recently unveiled its own plans for both a shuttle and a lunar outpost. The outpost has a dual purpose. First, it will reside in the Moon’s orbit, serving in a capacity similar to NASA’s Space Station. Secondly, the outpost will serve as a resting place for vehicles on their way to Mars when those missions finally begin. Not only are Boeing’s concepts visually appealing, but they use solar electric propulsion technology, making them a winner with environmentalists.

One issue the vehicle will need to address is protection against harsh radiation. NASA has used a detector to examine radiation levels around the moon and determined a need for shields to protect astronauts. The radiation comes from a combination of solar wind and energy particles, as well as cosmic rays.

Currently, Boeing’s space transport is only in the concept stage, so it will take some time to bring it to fruition. The vehicle will launch using NASA’s Space Launch System, which is planned to be the most powerful rocket NASA has ever built.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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