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Are manned missions a waste of space?

PARIS – On Tuesday, the world will be awash with talk of courage and vision as it looks back on 50 years of manned space flight, a trail blazed by Yuri Gagarin’s 108-minute trip around the planet. But what if the past half-century has been just a cosmic waste of…

Asia’s star burns ever brighter in space

BEIJING – Asia’s extraterrestrial ambitions have rocketed from nowhere in the 50 years since the first human space flight, with China shooting for the moon while India and Japan fuel up their own programmes. Since China in 2003 became the world’s third nation to put a man in space independently,…

First commercial space ship tested

The world’s first commercial spaceship made its first manned free flight over California Sunday and successfully landed at Mojave Air and Space Port, its creator announced. Virgin Galactic, the US company developing the world?s first commercial manned space flight system and tourism business, announced the successful completion of the first…

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