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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Eyewitness: A View From Space

At the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, a panel spoke on the new space race. In their view this includes NASA, China, India, Russia, and private space firms.

Greg Olsen, the third tourist on the International Space Station said, "The Russians and the Americans were first, but it doesn't belong to us. It belongs to everybody."

It is interesting that they seem to believe that space exploration needs to be "planetary." I have never understood this belief. Everything else in our world gets better through competition. Why is space different?

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