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Across The Ocean In Seven Minutes, Realtime!

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In twenty-nine years of following the Shuttle program, this is singularly the most amazing footage I've ever seen. It's taken from a camera on the side of on of the Solid Rocket Boosters, those big things on the side of the main fuel tank that killed all those folks in '86.

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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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REALSPACE: Things Are Looking Really Bad For The Space Program

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I’m not one to reflexively attack our president simply because he’s a Democrat. In fact, I’m not one to reflexively attack our president at all. Love him or hate him, he’s the president, after all, and deserving of our respect. And I’ll confess that while I flagrantly disagree with his economic policies, I am actually proud to have lived to see our first black president, which, let’s face it, is a huge step forward in the cultural evolution of our nation, the kind of thing that would have been unthinkable only twenty years ago. And he’s even surprised me on occasion.

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