The Private Space Race

The Private Space Race
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This week, American astronauts returned to earth. Their trip to the space station was the first manned launch from the U.S. in 10 years. By NASA? No. Of course, not. This space flight happened because government was not in charge. An Obama administration committee had concluded that launching such a vehicle would take 12 years and cost $36 billion. But this rocket was finished in half that time—for less than $1 billion (1/36th the predicted cost). That’s because it was built by Elon Musk’s private company, Space X. He does things faster and cheaper because he spends his own […]

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