The exploitive capabilities of the Space Shuttle include its ability to function as a reconnaissance or navigational satellite, a repair or resupply station for other satellites, or as a base station for building large structures in space. Additionally, senior officials of NASA strongly support the establishment of a permanently manned space station, of which shuttle technological capabilities would be an integral part. I As astronaut Robert Crippen said after the maiden flight of Columbia: "We are really in the space business to stay." While the new space technology is undergoing refinement and the imagination is simultaneously developing virtually unlimited uses for it, new problems arise.
Adams, Paul F.
"A Proposal For a Commissioned Corps of Space Travelers,"
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