The Final Frontier
The New York Times reported today that NASA’s Mercury Messenger dipped only 142 miles above the planet on its third drive-by. In Mercury’s gloriously named Rachmaninoff Crater, the Messenger has found “unexpectedly young lava,” indicating a more dynamic and surprising planet than anticipated.
But as the scope and direction of NASA is being challenged and revised, more room is made available for the private sector to command developments in science and technology. In the last year, 51 companies filed annual reports that included the word “spacecraft.” And – get this – there is a real live place called Spaceport America.