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REALSPACE: Congress wants answers from NASA on 2011 budget

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The House Science and Technology Committee Has demanded that NASA turn over all documents, e-mails, charts etc used in planning the 2011 budget request. This move came as House lawmakers have become frustrated over a lack of documentation justifying the new manned spaceflight plan.

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REALSPACE: UPDATE Falcon 9 Launched Dragon in orbit

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Today the launch of the Falcon 9 was aborted at t minus 2 seconds. The count has been recycled to t minus 15 minutes. SpaceX has the ability to do a fast recycle and launch which happen with one of the Falcon One test flight's.

Update the Falcon 9 launched at 2:45pm EDT and the mock up Dragon capsule is in orbit.

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REALSPACE: Atlantis returns home and other space news.

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The Shuttle Atlantis landed for possibly the last time yesterday at the Kennedy Space Center ending its 32 flight. Atlantis will now be readied as a rescue ship for Discovery’s flight in September. NASA is lobbing congress for one more flight of Atlantis is use the last external fuel tank and solid booster set.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts132/100526land/

The Air Force announced that the flight of the X-51 waverider was a success and that it broke all previous scramjet records.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1005/27waverider/

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REALSPACE: So how expensive is it to put stuff in space?

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How much does it cost to put stuff in space?

Allowing for inflation, comparing late 1960s dollars to modern dollars, a Saturn V cost about a half billion dollars to build and fly, and a shuttle costs about a billion just to fly. (Construction costs are about 4 billion, but obviously you can amortize them over time, which you couldn't with a Saturn.)

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