The scientific world is still buzzing from news that a potentially habitable planet has been discovered orbiting the nearest star to Earth (other than the sun, of course). But the real question is, how can we actually get there?
It’s not cheap to get stuff into space, especially stuff that’s really big and heavy. So, if we’re looking to build the next generation of space stations, why not use the stuff that’s already up there?
Looking back at the technology of the 1960s and 1970s, it’s amazing what humanity was able to accomplish during the golden years of the Space Race. The Apollo capsules and space shuttles understandably got most of the attention — but the gear that actually kept the astronauts alive is just as interesting.