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The Future of U.S. Space Strategy

MIN READApr 14, 2015 | 21:22 GMT

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft atop rocket Falcon 9 lifts off from Pad 40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The United States has come to rely on Russia's Soyuz capsule for transporting astronauts to the International Space Station. But NASA has plans to supplant it, but must first use private companies to bring down the cost of launching rockets.

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft atop rocket Falcon 9 lifts off from Pad 40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The United States has come to rely on Russia's Soyuz capsule for transporting astronauts to the International Space Station. But NASA has plans to supplant it, but must first use private companies to bring down the cost of launching rockets.

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The United States has come to rely on Russia's Soyuz capsule for transporting astronauts to the International Space Station. But NASA has plans to supplant it, but must first use private companies to bring down the cost of launching rockets....

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