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November 15, 2023 Quick space links

Courtesy of BtB’s stringer Jay.



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  • David Eastman

    I believe that a Russian cosmonaut might land on the moon in the ’30s. But it will be as a ride-along on a Chinese mission.

  • Paul Revere

    The web is all the Twitter that SpaceX has gotten final approval for the second starship test lunch, and will launch on Friday. What say you, Mr. Zimmerman?

  • Paul Revere: It might pay to read my website to find out. :)

  • Jeff Wright

    I always thought the Energiya-Buran stack looked futuristic.

    And now, a big RLV is about to fly that resembles Rocketship X-M….

    I never would have guessed.

  • Dick Eagleson

    An entire installment of Quick space links covering the badly faded glory of the once-formidable Soviet space program and the Potemkin PR of its sad Russian remnant. I don’t recall if this is the first such, but I suspect it will not be the last.

    David Eastman,

    The only Russian likely to tread the lunar surface in future is one who is either a naturalized American in the employ of SpaceX or a ticket buyer of passage to Luna via that company’s Starship. At the rate the PRC economy is rattling to pieces, it seems all but impossible that that nation will ever get even one of its own nationals to the Moon, never mind any representatives of its mendicant lunar base “allies.”

    Jeff Wright,

    Rocket XM indeed. Who would have guessed that Hollywood production designers of the late 40s and early 50s would prove better prophets of the future shape of real space travel than the aerospace engineers of legacy aerospace?

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