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Statement by Mike Gold of NASA from Space Ref
NASA's Mike Gold expresses hope that NASA will support orbital tourism
...NASA should also take whatever actions it can to enable the orbital tourism market. The Agency initially spurned space tourism forcing Americans to go overseas and fly with the Russians. As we have seen all too often in the space world, despite its history as a former communist regime, Russia has been far more successful at commercializing its human spaceflight program than America. Working in cooperation with companies such as Space Adventures, it's my hope that NASA will continue the recent trend of being more supportive of space tourism, since tourism, as well as flying professional astronauts from foreign nations, could play an important role in the ability of the private sector to maintain an American presence in LEO....
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