Requiem for The Space Station

NASA's proposed house in the sky will cost too much -- and do too little

Once upon a time, a space station seemed like a good idea. Back in 1984, when NASA first proposed to put a permanent house in orbit, it sounded like a logical next step for a nation gaining confidence in its new shuttle, flexing its space legs and preparing to go farther. After all, if we were going to send humans to Mars or back to the moon, the astronauts needed a place to assemble their giant spaceships; if we were going to monitor large-scale changes on earth, scientists needed a platform to watch from; if ultra-pure drugs and crystals produced in...

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