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Science Past from the issue of August 11, 1962

ONE-WAY SPACE MISSION TO THE MOON POSSIBLE — The feasibility, from a technical standpoint, of sending a man on a one-way mission to the moon without the propulsion to bring him back to earth was explored by two Bell Aerosystems Company scientists. John M. Cord, project engineer in Aerospace Preliminary Design, and Leonard M. Seale, chief of the Human Factors Section, at Textron’s Bell Aerosystems Company, Buffalo, N.Y., emphasized that they do not advocate such a mission although they believe it will be possible to provide a means of returning the lunar explorer or explorers to earth at some later date.… In fact, they asserted, the man can be kept alive indefinitely to do valuable scientific work.

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