Once NASA gets its super-expensive tech up into space, it’s not easy to repair it. Especially when it’s not something with a human operator nearby (i.e. a satellite). But now, the U.S. space agency is building its own robo geek squad.
It’s been fodder for sci-fi stories for years, but realistically, it’s only a matter of time. It could be a few decades, it could be a few thousand years, but Earth is eventually going to get hit where it hurts by an asteroid.
Elon Musk recently rolled out an ambitious plan for how SpaceX will hopefully lead the charge to colonize Mars, and one component of that plan was fueling and refueling ships in space. It cuts down on costs (since the object isn’t as heavy at launch), and could make reusable space tech even easier to use. But NASA has a few concerns with the company’s first step toward that vision.
Until we actually put a few humans on Mars, Apollo 11 will stand as the most monumental space mission in human history. So, you want to take a deep dive into the space geek minutiae of the first time humans set foot on the moon?