Tiny cubesat launching next year to blaze trail for NASA moon-orbiting space station

BOULDER, Colorado — A high-tech pioneer for the Gateway — the moon-orbiting outpost that’s part of NASA’s Artemis program of crewed lunar exploration — is being readied for departure early next year.

NASA’s Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment — mercifully called CAPSTONE in space agency shorthand — is destined to be the first spacecraft to function in a near rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO) around the moon. 

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