The U.S. Space Program Is Back, but It Can’t Go It Alone

The SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle lifts off at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 30, 2020 (AP photo by John Raoux).
The SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle lifts off at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 30, 2020 (AP photo by John Raoux).
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The splashdown of two American astronauts, Robert L. Benken and Douglas G. Hurley, in the Gulf of Mexico last Sunday was historic in many ways. It was the first water landing by NASA since 1975, and marked the completion of the first manned trip into outer space by a private company. Perhaps most importantly, it showed that the United States has officially regained the ability to send astronauts into space. For the better part of a decade, since the retirement of the space shuttle program in 2011, the United States depended on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to get its astronauts to […]

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