Question by Jansen J: How is the USA planning on keeping their presence in space after the shuttles are retired?
I understand there is a problem with allowing the russians to dominate the space presence in the near future. Is there a plan for the Americans to counter this presence?

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Answer by George N
Keep moving forward with rockets that incorporate some of the good things we learned from the shuttle.

The shuttle hasn’t proven itself to be very cost effective.

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