This artist’s conception shows an Orion capsule at the L2 point on the farside of the moon.
CREDIT: Lockheed Martin


NASA’s Deep-Space Station Idea Lacks White House Approval

by Mike Wall, SPACE Senior Writer
Date: 04 December 2012 Time: 06:20 AM ET

Despite speculation to the contrary, NASA’s ambitious plans for a manned space station beyond the moon have not yet been cleared by the White House, a senior administration official told SPACE.com.

Over the past year or so, NASA has been drawing up plans for a manned outpost beyond the moon’s far side, at a gravitationally stable location known as the Earth-moon Lagrange point 2 (EM-L2). The station would establish a human presence in deep space, serve as a staging ground for lunar operations and help build momentum for exploring more far-flung destinations, such as asteroids and Mars.

Word about the potential outpost has begun leaking out in press reports and from space exploration officials over the last several months, leading some experts to suspect that the White House may already be on board — and that an official announcement could be coming soon, especially since President Barack Obama won re-election on Nov. 6.

But such speculation is inaccurate, said the official, who was not authorized to speak on the record.

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