Space race? We’re so far behind now


 It’s is hard for me to believe 40 years have passed since the first space shuttle was launched.
On April 12, 1981, Columbia lifted off into the Florida skies, becoming the first space vehicle to ever have its maiden flight manned by two people. What a risk for Commander John W. Young and pilot Robert L. Crippen.
Yet they soared into and beyond Earth’s atmosphere and set in motion decades of space flight by the shuttle program. (You can read a great essay about this event by my dear friend ...

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