On January, 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after lifting off from launch pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral...
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By: Tariq Malik
Published: 01/27/2012 08:15 PM EST on SPACE.com
A robotic Russian cargo ship pulled up to the International Space Sta...
Sometimes people ask me how I grew to love spaceflight. I used to answer that I spent a lot of time at the Smithsonian as a kid. But as time went on, my answer started to reach back one step further.
A different kind of countdown has begun. It is now 2010. Before the next New Year's celebration, the U.S. Space Shuttle program will be just a memory.
Something as challenging and expensive as a human space flight program needs a strategic objective that derives from who we are as a species of explorers, not the destination flavor of the month.
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