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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reuse of Expended Space Hardware

Much hardware put into space is used once and discarded, burned up in the atmosphere, crashed into the moon, or left stranded in useless orbits and creating orbital debris hazards after meeting initially planned objectives.

Future space operations may capitalize on residual value of such hardware. Everything launched into orbit has potential value from the transportation cost and as raw material for future development;... more »


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