DailyDirt: I'm Leavin' On A Space Plane, Don't Know When I'll Be Back Again....

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NASA's space shuttle program is winding down, but it seems like there's some growing interest in going to space. SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004, and even though it only touches the edge of space, it's still a pretty remarkable achievement. But it's about 6 years later, and trips to space aren't exactly tickets you can buy on Orbitz (or Priceline or Expedia, etc). Here are a few interesting links on space travel and traveling in the future (not *to* the future).

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, 2 Feb 2011 @ 1:17am

    Winged Space Planes

    Apparently the only reason the Shuttle has wings is to give it “cross-range” capability—that is, it can reenter the atmosphere in one place and still have the ability to maneouvre during its glide onto a landing strip some distance away. This was done in order to get the support of the military, who might want to carry classified cargoes, that they didn’t want to bring down at any old landing strip.

    In the end, this capability has never been used.

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