Jul 31, 2011

The Space Shuttle; before and after it (part 2)

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part 1, which talks about the "before" and "now" of the space shuttle is here.

So, NASA discontinued the shuttle fleet. But what will come after the shuttle?

I think the retirement of the shuttle will draw a line between 2 types of space exploration- government-led before it and private company-led after it.

Of course NASA will still lead the whole thing, but it's time companies start exploring the final frontier.

They might have creative ideas and years of know-how in engineering, which will lead to safer, more efficient spaceships. There could be competition among the companies, as a result creating low-cost spacecrafts.
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