Since the days of the Apollo program, most of NASA’s manned exploration activities beyond LEO have used what could be called a ‘mission’ based approach. This approach requires that the astronauts take all of the resources required for the mission from Earth, at great expense and difficulty, while providing little (if any) infrastructure for future missions. This approach also relies solely on government funding and direction, with private enterprise engaged only as subcontractors.
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