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MSNBC: Moonwalker assesses the new space buzz

Published by admin on Tue Jul 20, 2004 11:12 pm
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12 hours before SpaceShipOne’s historic June flight, astronaut Buzz Aldrin was interviewed by MSNBC at the Mojave Spaceport. MSNBC’s Science Editor, Alan Boyle, has published an excellent distillation of that interview, in which Aldrin expresses his thoughts on the future of space flight and the present space race exemplified by the X Prize and it’s contenders.

Most X Prize fans may focus on the exciting prospect of space tourism or the business prospects of the new breed of privately funded, non-government-sponsored space programs. Aldrin, however, offered a slightly different spin on the importance of these ventures. With the near future of NASA projects looking somewhat status-quo, X Prize attempts and similar ventures will serve to keep interest in space flight at a high pitch. In the long term, NASA can transition into new projects such as putting human beings on Mars.

For more info, read Mr. Boyle’s excellent article on MSNBC.com.

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