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  •  Wouldn't say small mindedness. (1+ / 0-)
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    Anna M

    Americans never did come together on a plan for what to do other than place a handful of men on the moon.  The result was an architecture--that while a great learning experience--was technically and fiscally incapable of developing greater cislunar opportunity.  The RLV instinct behind the space shuttle was correct, and there was (and still is) a huge learning curve in getting to reliable, genuinely reusable spacelift, but unfortunately successive Administrations and Congresses acceded to a costly architecture that had only one virtue: it bought money to a lot of districts.

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