> Paul Hughes wrote:
Completely unnecessary. With the right booster, the shuttle without
> modifications could easily reach lunar orbit. The shuttle has already
> it has the capacity to handle a crew of 8 for 19 days. If we cut the crew
> to 5, the shuttle could stay in orbit for over a month.
Is the limited time for a crew a supply problem, or is it something else. If it is supplies, couldn't you send up an un-personed bundle of life supporting stuff (food, water, air), seperately, and have people grab it up there, and so keep them going far longer if necessary (eg: long enough to start extracting H20 from the moon)?