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Is Space Travel Still Relevant?

In the late '50s the space race with Russia was headline news. In 1969, all eyes were glued on Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they became the first men on the moon. Half a century later, space travel has lost some of its clout, but not its intrigue.

Last week India landed its first probe on the moon and earlier this year China made headlines with its first spacewalk. Every time NASA launches a shuttle it's news — which on occasion has led to horrible tragedies — but today much of what the organization does with government money is satellite research on the Earth's environmental status, work on the International Space Station, and aeronautics research and development. Doubtless, there are still lots of kids who want to grow up to be astronauts, but tell us — do you think space travel is still relevant or a waste of the country's money?


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