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When it comes to space travel, even a small cost reduction can come to an enormous sum of money and resources. With that in mind, NASA has just patented a new method to get to the Moon faster and cheaper, and it's not via a newfangled spacecraft technology.

The space organization has revealed that it has discovered a new trajectory to the Moon that will get future missions to our celestial neighbor more efficiently.

NASA's new method allows for a small unmanned spacecraft to reach the Moon relatively quickly and on very little fuel. 

The method, which was patented by NASA in June, sees the unmanned spacecraft essentially hitch a ride with communication satellites in order to reach high-Earth orbit before using the Earth's and the moon's gravity to perform a slingshot maneuver to the Moon.

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Category: Science