NASA administrator and astronaut Charles F. Bolden was teary-eyed when he spoke of the final Atlantis space shuttle launch this week. But his tears were not for the end of a 30-year era.
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At a time when politicians say we need to be trimming the budget, why are senators pushing to spend $2 billion on their Senate Launch System, which uses an outdated approach to space exploration?
Five hundred million dollars seems like a lot, until one realizes that it's only a small part of an approximately $3.6 trillion dollar budget. It is certainly a testimonial to the endurance of earmarks.
Early this month, Hawthorne-based rocket venture SpaceX launched an unmanned version of its Dragon capsule into orbit, took it for a few spins around ...
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