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Space: Is final frontier all it used to be?

Published 07/19/2009, Associated Press

We are 40 years older now, we Americans. And many things have changed. The final Apollo mission came home before Nixon resigned. Skylab fell to Earth. Challenger disintegrated going up, Columbia coming down. Kennedy’s New Frontier ethos — space as a kinder, gentler Manifest Destiny — slouched into the “Alien” catchphrase: “In space, no one can hear you scream.”

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