Date: Tue Feb 19 2002 - 09:09:46 MST
In a recent news article, someone made mention of a cycler orbit between
Earth and Mars. The idea was to put a manned space station in such an orbit
so that it would "cycle" between encounters with Earth and Mars. This would
be a low cost way to ferry people, equipment, and supplies between planets.
The cycler orbit would need only a small amount of fuel for minor
corrections -- once the station was put into it.
I don't know the maths here, but I wonder if such a cycler is possible
between the Earth and the Moon. It might be a good way to prototype an
Earth-Mars cycler and easier routine access to the Moon might open it up to
faster commercial exploitation (mining, tourism) as well as feed into more
What do you think?
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