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REALSPACE: Neil Armstrong is not a fan of President Obama

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Neil Armstrong is, as anyone educated outside of the United States knows, the first man on the moon. For some bizarre reason, most Americans appear to have conflated an old OJ Simpson movie with actual fact, and believe that Neil never actually left a Hollywood Basement, but, hey, there's 50 years of crappy educational policy for you. Fortunately, people in other countries tend to remember important stuff for us these days, since we can't be bothered.

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REALSPACE: Planets capable of supporting life are looking scarcer and scarcer

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Thanks to the amazing scientific principle known as "low budget," the universe is utterly littered with earth-like worlds, all of which seem to support life pretty much exactly like here, only with goofier foreheads. It has long been a source of annoyance to me that few in visual SF seem the least bit interested in the fact that the universe *isn't* much like earth, and in fact that's what makes it interesting in the first place.

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REALSPACE: China has their own space station. In other news, we can't put a man in space anymore, so we can't get to ours.

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I find it galling that we've gone from being the number one spacefaring power in the world, to the number three spot behind China. (Thanks, Mr. President, sir! Way to continue befuddling our allies and enemies alike by doing self-destructive things! Good luck on that second term, sir!) Unlike many people, though, I'm not paranoid about the Chinese in space.

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REALSPACE: What's next for the X-37 Space Plane?

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Though the US no longer has a manned space program (Thank you very much, Mr. Anti-science president), we've still got some unmanned programs. Of course the NASA end of that is kinda' sucking fumes as the Obama administration's plans to turn the agency into a theme park continue apace.

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REALSPACE: Ares 1-X - was it a success or a failure?

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Six years and ten billion dollars, and this one experimental launch is all we'll ever have to show for it, since Obama killed Constellation, and the manned space program itself. But, hey, he gave us empty platitudes about Mars, so that's a fair trade, right?

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REALSPACE: Counting up the cost in human terms

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Humanity has been tooling around in space for half a century now, and quite a few people have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of a frontier that most folks basically couldn't seem the least bit interested in. I think it's important to remember them, however, and so I present a list of fallen heroes in alphabetical order, without any of my usual editorializing.

MICHAEL J. ADAMS, American Pilot. One flight. Born 5/5/1930, died 11/15/1967. Died due to a technical failure on a flight of the third X-15 rocketplane.

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