NASA's Black Hole: After Last Shuttle Launch, Will U.S. Space Dominance End?

To some veterans of the American space program, the liftoff of the Space Shuttle Endeavor Monday morning was bittersweet. After decades of American dominance in space exploration, the next-to-last shuttle flight brings country to the threshold of a period that experts are calling "The Gap," -- the first significant stretch of time in decades during which the U.S. will be unable, on its own, to put astronauts into space. "I don't like it at all," said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Maryland...Full Story
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