In 1981, during the space shuttle's maiden voyage, co-pilot Robert Crippen proclaimed, “We are really in the space business to stay.” Last week, another veteran astronaut, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, made a similar pronouncement, but under quite different circumstances. In a speech to the Aero Club of Washington, Bolden boasted that the International Space Station has been continuously manned for nearly a dozen years. But with the shuttle recently retired, the U.S. is forced to ...

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