Meanwhile Time follows the money and delivers some scathing (and, I think, fairly well deserved) criticism to the shuttle and ISS programs:
Space elevators are super cool. I babbled on about them in an April journal entry:
- How Stuff Works
- Space Future
- Tethers Unlimited Inc. (lots of interesting stuff here, despite the back-patting corporate web design.)
Folks are claiming that a space elevator could be built for $10B, which is just under twice NASA's current annual manned spaceflight budget. For that, you can lift to orbit for $100/Kg instead of $40,000/Kg.