Open Thread: The future of space travel
SpaceX aborted the historic launch of its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station at the last second because of a rocket engine glitch.
May 19th, 2012
01:35 PM ET

Open Thread: The future of space travel

The rocket engines of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft fired, and then abruptly stopped as the countdown to launch reached zero on Saturday. The shutdown caused SpaceX to abort launching the private unmanned spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Both NASA and SpaceX want Dragon to be able to deliver cargo to the station, bringing food, water and other provisions to the station's crew. The possibility of this launch was regarded as historic for sending private spacecraft into orbit.

What do you think is the future of commercial space travel? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. IS SPACE INFINITE ?

    Yep... I gotzta go to sleep. Errr meant "we're"
    Really! Nite all

    May 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. W.I.G. (Not Men in Black)

    Those were genetically altered Jewish women the FBI found next to a crashed BMW J38 Flying Saucer in 1947, which started the UFO "Trekkie" movement.
    The proof is still buried beneath Bayer Aspirin Group's world headquarters where Nazi Bayer AG's corporate concentration camp expirimented on thousands of Jewish women. To this very day, the German Gov. refuses to force Bayer to allow Jewish families access to their lost loved ones to give them a decent burial. EVERYWHERE else the German gov. has allowed but there.
    Women In Green. (thia is all true. but why no movies about manmade flying saucers invading? not even a comedy?

    May 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HIDE BEHIND

    @bobcat
    A tually the concept goes back quite s ways, my own recollections reminded me of the novels " Brave New World" and "WE".
    In 1950's the John Birch socirty used the term quite often, but they were using it I'm the context of a Communist Philosophy taking over the world.
    That org still exist and were first group to identify a group, of which US government denied existed, Council of Foreign Relations, CFR
    Presidents, JFK, Wilson, Eisenhower, Bush and Clinton used the ecpression, as did many highly known individuals aldo refer to it inpast crntury

    Planned parenthoods founders. Rockefeller Foundation, old man Bush in 30 and40's so it does ineed have merit as to what is nring emplaced today, with what seems to be the wishes of the american political nodies support

    May 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    The race war has started. If you are white, you better arm yourself (legally of course so the government does not come and take away your means of self defense and leave you a sitting duck) and be prepared to fight back against the black menace.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
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