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Forty-three years ago, my family watched the Apollo 8 spacecraft head for the first manned mission beyond earth’s orbit. It was exhilarating. So it is a bittersweet week as the space shuttle orbits above us on that program’s last flight. For the first time in 50 years, the United States will no longer have the ability to launch humans into space.
On Saturday, I listened to Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West interview astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who pointed out that without the space shuttle, our future manned launch capabilities will pass more into the hands of private investors. Tyson’s enthusiasm for manned space exploration brought back some of the thrill of those earlier days. But the costs are huge, and I wonder how we can afford it.