Space capsules? That’s right, instead of following the Shuttles with something as capable – something that can guarantee American space leadership – we’re going to race China, India, and Russia in a competition to build a limited and ungainly spacecraft that America retired a generation ago. And guess what? It will take another seven years before the NASA Orion capsule is ready to ferry astronauts.

Really? Wow. The American space program is going back to space capsules? Seven years from now? Isn’t that like going from the i-phone to the 8 track tape player? Seems like a giant leap…backwards. When is Richard Branson planning to start his Virgin space flights? Maybe US astronauts can get a seat on one of those flights.

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