The last shuttle launch

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July 20, 2011
The Weekly Standard
by PJ O'Rourke  
Posted in Commentary

"We used to have presidents who liked to send Americans places ​— ​Iraq, Afghanistan, the Moon, or Mars. But George W. Bush’s NASA Constellation program has been canceled. Its gigantic Ares V rocket is off the drawing board. The Constellation’s Orion flight capsule has been renamed, in a telling translation into GovSpeak, MPCV​ — 'Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.' What the multiple purposes are supposed to be is anyone’s guess. At the moment the only way NASA can get a person into space is by paying Vladmir Putin for a ride on the creaky old Soyuz. Looks like the Russians won the space race after all." (for publication 07/25/11)  


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