Private Launches, New Tech…Not Your Parents’ Space Age

The plan is simple: Within a decade, we go back to the moon. By 2030, reach to Mars.

This week an estimated 7,000 government officials, corporate representatives and space enthusiasts will converge at the annual National Space Symposium here to hash out the technological, cultural and political issues surrounding the next decade’s push for manned exploration of space.

As recently as a few years ago, the very topic of manned missions beyond Earth orbit was virtually forbidden within serious space circles. But today supporters find a serious plan in place to send manned expeditions to the moon for the first time since the Apollo program.

Meanwhile, the United States and Russia, which once competed in a space race, have become frequent partners with one another and with the European Union, while China and India work to one-up each other in celestial achievement.

More info:  Wired News article

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