NASA Prepping Post-Election Moon Base Announcement?

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NASA may be preparing to announce an initiative to begin building a floating Moon base for future deep space missions following the U.S. presidential election next month, Space.com reported this week. The space agency's rumored plan to construct and position a 'gateway spacecraft' that could support a small crew of astronauts and serve as a staging platform for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and elsewhere in the solar system was first reported last month by the Orlando Sentinel, though NASA contractor Boeing had actually floated a similar plan late last year. The proposed space station would be situated at what's called a Lagrangian point, or L-Point, a place where the gravitational pull of two large bodies -- in this case the Earth and the Moon -- are at an equilibrium, making it possible to place a spacecraft in a fixed spot in space at relatively little expense.

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