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. bob

    Uhhh, we had the ability until the shuttle program was discontinued.

    May 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gulible

    If we were meant to fly around in space we woulda been born with wings!

    May 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The_Observer

    commercial space travel is now becomming a reality. Soon I will be able to vacation in space. A dream come true.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ruffnutt ( kcmo resident )

    space shuttle program disabled because the aliens are in control now...
    soon we'll all be slaves..

    May 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    The space shuttle program has been scrapped. @banasy, I forgot was real pizza tasted like until I came back to New York. I used the chefs name and was able to take pictures of the real deal and toss the dough. They sent me on my way with a great pizza of which I could barely eat 1 slice.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ruffnutt ( kcmo resident )

    at pizza hut we use frozen dough... all the food is processed and fake..

    May 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ dazzle

    You just made me hungry for New York style pizza. How goes it in the Big Apple ?

    May 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @bobcat(iah), how are you? NY is great but crazy. This is my only day to myself, so I ran in Central Park and am having a picnic for 1. Wish I could ship a pizza to Alabama for you.

      May 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ dazzle

      I'm glad to hear you are enjoying yourself. Did TORI join you on the trip ?

      May 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lmfao @ bobcat, funny! Thanks for the laugh.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ chrissy

      How are you doing ? I've been away so long I almost feel like a stranger. I'm hoping to get back to my at least one

      May 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    This is an article? It read more like a Fourth Grader's writing assignment.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    @ bobcat (in a hat)©, LMAO ! 🙂
    Obviously the preacher never drove in NYC traffic!
    Although I agree with grabbing ones attention; this would be call a *tad* bit excessive, wouldn't you say?

    May 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    @ bobcat (in a hat)©, Sorry man, your quota (jokes) is 3 until further notice! Get me?

    May 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SpaceMan

    If I go to space, can I still get facebook, pizza and beer??? if not, forget it.

    May 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Suleiman the Magnificent

    Judging by the level of responses, not only the space program is doomed, the whole of the US is doomed, and this will be further proven this coming November, when you chose the Chief Yank

    May 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lighttraveler

    As commercial enterprises gain a foothold in space faring technologies they will usher in the new economy. Overpopulation, economics, energy, education issues will become a thing of the past. Space travel is the answer to all our earthly problems at which time we will realize we are all alone in the cosmos, alien life simply does not exist anywhere but Earth...wha?! what's that?!....THE COWS!!!!

    May 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harold

      @lighttraveler...get real!

      May 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wilder napalm

    I worked in state government for nearly 30 years. You want an effect space program get the private and government sectors working together on it. They each have resources and abilities the other doesn't. I've seen some great things happen when both are involved.

    May 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harold

      That's what I said...Why can't the "smart" people figure it out?

      May 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
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