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REALSPACE: College Students make NASA look like chumps.

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 11/19/09

While I'm no fan of Senator William Proxmire's constant kvetching about NASA's budget, I do have to admit I find it disheartening that our nation's space agency can't seem to design a roll of toilet paper without it weighing 40,000 pounds and costing a cool billion. It's not so much that I object to the money - I really don't, space is an expensive business, after all, which is why only 13 countries have ever even attempted it - but how little ambition they seem to have with the money.

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REALSPACE: Virgin Galactic's "SpaceShipTwo" in experimental drop-testing

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It's been a conspicuously loooooooooooong time since we've heard anything substantial out of Virgin Galactic, but as the footage below the jump shows, the development of SpaceShipTwo is not only continuing, but has actually gotten pretty darn far.

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