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X-33 Test Flight is a Long Way Off.
National Geographic has produced a show predicting what's to come in the Space exploration industry. The show will be running on CNBC on Sunday. Here's what they had to say about it:
"Join National Geographic's EXPLORER for an insider's view of the next space race. Astronauts, scientists, and entrepreneurs share their visions of the epic adventure that awaits. Airing Sunday, June 18 and Saturday June 24 at 8 pm and on CNBC.
Sound's cool, check it out.
Cosmonauts Return Safely Back on Earth
Businessman Bound for Mir
X-33 Test Flight is a Long Way Off
COSMONAUTS RETURN SAFELY BACK ON EARTH
Cosmonauts Sergei Zalyotin and Alexander Kaleri returned from the Mir space station early this morning to end another successful mission. The return capsule landed in central Kazakhstan near the town of Arkalyk, and the cosmonauts were run through various medical tests to ensure their health. Future missions to Mir are planned, but they will rely on private funding.
BUSINESSMAN BOUND FOR MIR
Businessman Dennis Tito may become the first private citizen to go for a ride in space. Moscow is expected to announce on Monday that Tito and two other cosmonauts will visit the Mir space station on an upcoming mission. Tito, a former NASA scientist, and successful owner of a Santa Monica investment management firm, will pay an undisclosed sum of money for the privilage to go on the trip.
X-33 TEST FLIGHT IS A LONG WAY OFF
We're 15 months past the scheduled test flight of the X-33 reusable spacecraft, and it still hasn't gotten off the ground. Worse yet, NASA doesn't know when the first test flight of the X-33 half-size prototype will occur. A range of technical problems have delayed the flight, including problems with the craft's fuel tanks, and the best estimates guess it's still five years before a commercial version of the craft is finally developed.
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