You could be forgiven for feeling like space exploration is growing a bit stagnant. After all, NASA's space shuttle program was retired in 2011, and there haven't been a whole lot of manned flights in recent years that weren't trips to the International Space Station. But a new partnership between NASA and private organizations could open the door to a whole new phase of space exploration, starting with an orbiting waypoint called the Deep Space Gateway.
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