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Is the privatization of space travel a good thing?

If all goes well, a rocket built by an Internet entrepreneur in a former Boeing 747 fuselage factory will launch into space Friday -- from one of the storied pads in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

And up into the lofty heights with the Falcon 9, the first of a new generation of more powerful commercial rockets, will go the ambition embraced by the Obama administration and NASA: to privatize spaceflight. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  June 3, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The real question is: does privatization of space travel have the potential to endanger the planet as a whole, such as something like--oh I don't know--deep-sea oil drilling? If not, privatize away; otherwise, what exactly IS the golden rule for determining what can and can't be privatized?

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | June 3, 2010 6:23 PM

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