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Is It Time For A Private Space Race?

Antares liftoff. Image: Orbital Sciences

With the NASA on Russia for rides to the International Space Station (ISS) at $70.7m a seatuntil 2017 at the earliest, advocates of space exploration are increasingly looking to the private sector for their jetpack, moonwalk, rocket-powered future.

NASA’s designs for the Space Launch System and the Orion capsule could play an important part in future space exploration but they have yet to take flight. Meanwhile for-profit companies are busy launching, designing and, yes, dreaming about humanity’s future in space.

Going ballistic

Richard Branson’s VirginGalactic is currently testing its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle that may make its first commercial flight from Abu Dhabi on Christmas Day this year. Celebrities who have bought $200,000+ tickets to for the first flight include Ashton KutcherBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Less well known, is the company’s LauncherOne, a revolutionary reusable launcher. Launched from The Spaceship Company’s WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane at 50,000 feet, it could deliver 500lb payloads to low Earth orbit at a much lower cost than traditional launch options. ...more

SpaceX Dragon capsule docking with ISS. Source: SpaceX

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Ann | June 5th 2013 at 1370495577

Don't just blog to blog:

Once you start posting blog posts that are just things you copied and pasted from someone where or you just write 2 sentences and post, people are going to stop reading your blog posts.
NeillsDeals | June 6th 2013 at 1370529943

Thank you, Ann,

We do both and this is our virtual scrapbook of articles that we find intriguing, sort of like a pinterest board. We have other blogs that we post articles, too, as well. This store is one we are doing for our brother in his memory. All proceeds go to charities. That is our main focus and the blog is just fun for us. Hope that is ok with you. Thank you again!

carolyn & Bootsie, Neill's sisters

Other blogs:
and our pinterest board on some of the charities that this site and our one for Neill on Bonanza and ebay help support:

and this one:

We have more articles to post soon, many written by professional author from Peru Rod White @WriterRod and His articles have his name in the title, so you may want to read those when they are posted.

Through the kindness of our shoppers, we were able to give a Kiva loan yesterday to some women entrepreneurs in Tanzania, who buy and sell used clothing, as well as some very nice new things from my sister's store for the Kidney Foundation.

Thank you again for taking time to share your thoughts with us!

carolyn for Neill & Bootsie
Bootsies | June 6th 2013 at 1370536517

Thank you, Ann, for the link to the Addoway tips on blogs, too.

Here is one of Rod's articles on Neill's Dolls, Bears and Charities:

and one he did for our sister's Addoway store:


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