Saturday, April 19, 2014

From Russia With Love

Click the arrow to watch the April 18, 2014 Rachel Maddow show. You may be subjected to an ad first.

If you watch The Rachel Maddow Show, you know that her opening segments tend to take an oblique angle to get to the main subject matter.

Last night's show opened with the Russian ship that's been off the Florida coastline the last few days, reportedly monitoring the SpaceX launch of Dragon to the International Space Station.

No one knows for sure if that's what it was really doing, although Maddow reported the ship's registry indicates it's used for salvage. I suppose one could speculate they were interested in recovering the Falcon 9's legged first stage if it went off course.

Russian spy ships off the Cape go back to the 1960s if not earlier, so this is nothing new if that's what it was actually doing.

In any case, it was a rare time when a national cable news/opinion show actually had NewSpace as its lead story.

Maddow talked about Dragon supplying cargo to the ISS and eventually flying crew, which would end global reliance on Russia.

That led into her main story about the Ukraine crisis, but it was nice to see NewSpace get some prime time for a change.

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