Friday, January 10, 2014

"Rocket City": It's Not Where You Think


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CBS This Morning ran a segment today on “Rocket City,” but it's not Cape Canaveral.

According to CBS News, it's Chincoteague, Virginia.

Chincoteague is near the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport where Orbital Sciences launches the Antares rocket. MARS is part of the NASA Wallops facility. The segment focused on the January 9 launch of the Cygnus cargo module to the International Space Station.

The video shows local shops selling space-related T-shirts and foods, reminiscent of Cocoa Beach in the 1960s.

Even if transferring the title of “rocket city” to Wallops is a bit premature, it's nice to see a major news network acknowledge the existence of the government space program.

Earlier this week on January 6, NBC Nightly News ran an interview with astronauts aboard the ISS.

I'm always left wondering what the people who claim the U.S. space program has ended think when they see these segments.

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