March 22, 2012

How US Can Remain a Space Superpower

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Discover


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Spring 2001, amid the manicured lawns of the Princeton University campus, I was recumbent in an office chair with my mind in the universe when the phone rang. It was the White House. They wanted me to join a commission to study the health of the aerospace industry. I agreed, but at first I was indifferent. I don’t know how to fly an airplane. But then I read up on that sector and realized they had lost half a million jobs in recent years. Something bad was going on.

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TAGGED: Nasa, Space Policy, Space Race, United States

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