It may surprise you to know that a retired astronaut agrees with the recent editorial “How to Nip 'New Space' in the Bud” (AW&ST May 28, p. 66) about our present approach to human flight being too costly. (And I'm sorry that some astronauts act as little more than NASA cheerleaders.) However, are we sure the commercial approach will really be much cheaper? To support human flight you need either an abort/emergency return capability throughout the entire flight to reach a ...

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