Tuesday, January 30, 2007

No, You Can't Go To Space

Nothing like having the U.S. Government swoop in and destroy your life-long dream of space flight. Nothing like spending your entire childhood looking out the window at the distant stars, dreaming of one day breaking free of Earth's gravity (well, not technically) and seeing space. This story from Space.com just illustrates the awkward infancy the commercial spaceflight industry finds itself in, where space buffs win suborbital prizes to become astronauts but can't afford to pay the taxes on the prize.

"Brian Emmett's childhood fantasy came true when he won a free trip to outer space. He was crushed when he had to cancel his reservation because of Uncle Sam..."

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