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I was a child in elementary school when John Glenn and the Mercury space capsule captured the imagination of the world. I was around too when SPUTNIK circled the globe, but I don't remember it.

 

The history of Space Exploration in the last 60 years has been one extra-ordinary adventure and discovery after another.

 

I wonder what the rest of the first century of Space Exploration will bring.

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I was a child in elementary school when John Glenn and the Mercury space capsule captured the imagination of the world. I was around too when SPUTNIK circled the globe, but I don't remember it.

 

The history of Space Exploration in the last 60 years has been one extra-ordinary adventure and discovery after another.

 

I wonder what the rest of the first century of Space Exploration will bring.

 

Probably not much. The profiteers will get over hearing their names in big media and get down to not making any money at space travel, and it'll come to an end quickly.

 

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Alice Bowman came here to speak. She was the Mission Operations Manager of New Horizons. She joked around about being MOM for the mission (very clever). The best part of her presentation, which is all really amazing, was showing the best picture of Pluto we had before New Horizons (taken by Hubble), and then the pictures by New Horizons.

 

Hubble:

 

pluto%2Bhubble.jpg

 

New Horizons detail:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0xkupKwjfM

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Probably not much. The profiteers will get over hearing their names in big media and get down to not making any money at space travel, and it'll come to an end quickly.

 

rct

 

Yeah. Remember how the Virgin guy said something to the effect that after his rocket crashed - when the guy died - he almost decided to junk his whole venture within the first 30 seconds of hearing the bad news?

 

Private enterprise is fine for some stuff - after all, it's his business. But maybe not the most stable environment for a space program.

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I believe we'll see commercial space flight (there's an oxymoron for you), in 10-15 years, if not sooner. I believe there's enough super rich people to make it commercially viable and I believe the pioneers will continue to test craft and ideas, just because they want to put another foot forward. I'd jump on the first flight at the drop of a hat, given the chance.

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