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The sky's the limit [Editorial]
The sky's the limit [Editorial]

If all goes well, NASA may soon be renting privately owned spacecraft to fly its astronauts into space. The agency reportedly is just weeks away from announcing contracts with one or more commercial firms to build a new, reusable orbital vehicle capable of ferrying crews from U.S. launch sites to the International Space Station and returning them safely home. Such a deal would give a huge boost to the U.S. commercial space industry as well as end NASA's three-year dependence on Russian spacecraft to reach the ISS. For decades NASA owned as well as operated the spacecraft and rocket boosters used to launch U.S. crews into space. But that changed in 2011, when the last of the...

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