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Opening Arguments


Appropriate reaction to the successful lauch of the Orion space craft: THAT. WAS. AWESOME.

NASA and its commercial partners are designing Orion to take astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid in the 2020s, and to Mars and its moons in the 2030s. For that reason, NASA portrays Friday’s 4.5-hour test flight as a first step toward deep-space exploration. The mission is known as Exploration Flight Test 1, or EFT-1.

We've been stumbling a lot in our space efforts lately, but, lord, we can still do magnificent things. Of all the things I'm going to miss in my lifetime, the conquering of space is the one that upsets me most.

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