November 2, 2006
Jews join the quest for space commerce
Paul Allen funds construction of SpaceShipOne, the first private vessel to reach space
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Despite the Bush administration's new U.S. National Space Policy, which claims that "U.S. defense and intelligence-related activities in the pursuit of national interests" falls under the category of "peaceful purposes," those working in private space ventures and NASA hold tight to the optimistic view that shuttling tourists and business into space will foster a greater sense global unity.
Numerous astronauts, including Israel's Ilan Ramon during his time aboard Columbia in 2003 and Saudi Prince Sultan Bin Salman al-Saud during his Discovery flight in 1985, have stated that their perspective on world politics changed once they saw the Earth from orbit with no visible borders.
Gold said, "You see just how small and vulnerable our world is in relation to the rest of the universe. It just emphasizes how ludicrous the way we separate each other in our petty squabbles are on that scale." There's no business like space business: Bigelow Aerospace
NASA - Human Spaceflight History
Office of Commercial Space Transportation
Office of Space Commercialization
X Prize Foundation
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