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posted by martyb on Tuesday July 25 2017, @10:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the this-is-progress? dept.

Let's just throw this old thing at the Moon and call it a day:

A cargo container that was built to fly on NASA's space shuttles is being repurposed as a prototype for a deep space habitat.

Lockheed Martin announced it will refurbish the Donatello multi-purpose logistics module (MLPM), transforming from it from its original, unrealized role as a supply conveyor for the International Space Station to a test and training model of a living area for astronauts working beyond Earth orbit. The work is being done under a public-private partnership between the aerospace corporation and NASA.

"We are excited to work with NASA to repurpose a historic piece of flight hardware," said Bill Pratt, Lockheed Martin's program manager for the deep space habitat contract, in a statement.

Donatello was one of three MPLMs that was designed to fly in the space shuttle payload bay to transfer cargo to the station. Built by the Italian Space Agency under a contract with NASA, two modules, Leonardo and Raffaello, flew on 12 shuttle missions between 2001 and 2011.

Also at Popular Mechanics.

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NASA Eyeing Mini Space Station in Lunar Orbit as Stepping Stone to Mars

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  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Tuesday July 25 2017, @11:07PM (1 child)

    by bob_super (1357) on Tuesday July 25 2017, @11:07PM (#544347)

    He had gone out to order pizza.

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday July 26 2017, @11:41AM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday July 26 2017, @11:41AM (#544595)

    It's turtles all the way down, especially in the Italian Space Agency.

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