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Space experts fear that, 40 years after putting a man on the moon, the United States is now at risk of losing the modern space race, which could crush the country's chances of becoming the global leader in commercial space development. Jeff Bingham, senior adviser on space and aeronautics of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, said NASA has created industries and economic vitality that have continually spun off into the private sector for the past 50 years.
"Everyone in this room knows that," Bingham said. "Why doesn't the American public know that?" A commerc
New bureau 'seeking an investment for the state'
Mystic - Two of eastern Connecticut's leading tourist organizations on Tuesday unveiled a new entity - the Greater Mystic Visitors Bureau - whose mission is to strengthen the region's multibillion-dollar tourism industry and shore up state funding for the important economic sector. ”The goal and the mission in supporting the tourism industry in making this region one of the topmost 50 tourist destinations in the country (still) goes forward,” Riegel said. “We're tweaking the way we're doing it a lot because it's going to be tourism marketing experts that are determining how the tourism dollars get spent.”
Spaceport America is expected to begin sending tourists into space next year aboard Virgin Galactic flights
The Spaceport America location in New Mexico is now officially under construction, with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on hand at the event to discuss how historic space tourism launches from New Mexico will be for the state.
Despite a devastated economy, entrepreneur and software mogul Charles Simonyi is on his second trip to the International Space Station—a trip that's costing the co-founder of Intentional Software Corporation and former Microsoft exec a cool $35 million.
Originally posted by wonderworld
Your 20 bucks might buy 1/4 of a nice cold cocktail?
Why would they have it so highly camouflaged
The isotope is extremely rare on Earth but abundant on the moon. Some experts estimate there a millions of tons in lunar soil -- and that a single Space-Shuttle load would power the entire United States for a year.
Russian space geologist Erik Galimov told the Russian Izvestia newspaper that NASA's plan to colonize the moon will "enable the U.S. to establish its control of the global energy market 20 years from now and put the rest of the world on its knees as hydrocarbons run out."
Schmitt told a Senate committee in 2003 that a return to the moon to stay would be comparable "to the movement of our species out of Africa."
The best way to pay for such a long-term mission, he said, would be to mine for lunar helium-3 and process it into a fuel for commercial fusion .
Originally posted by UmbraSumus
As yet i don`t see a means to transport a bulky material back to earth efficiently,
... but in the mean time the space faring nations of Earth - US/ Russia /China / E.U/ Japan / India may just be concerned with staking out their claim for now
I`ll finish with the words of Harrison Schmitt Apollo 17 astronaut :
Originally posted by wonderworld
reply to post by TeslaandLyne
You may have luck finding another space company at the Roswell Festival on July 2nd?