In January 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia launched with a crew of seven on a two-week mission. On the return flight, damaged heat shields allowed gas to penetrate the wing, and the spacecraft was destroyed.
Space is no longer just for governments. Little companies with big ideas are now reaching for the skies, making commercial human spaceflight a reality. Private businesses are investing big and aiming high, building their own rockets and orbiters, deploying commercial satellites to connect the globe, and preparing for space tourism. NASA's shuttle may have been grounded, but for corporations, the sky is no longer the limit.
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