Space Exploration and the Trough of Disillusionment

Hype cycles may be a largely a marketing construct, but it’s easy to forget that a lot of important engineering work gets done in the heady days of an emerging technology. I was reminded of this today when I noticed these two news items side-by-side on CNET this morning:

Rocket science just isn’t what it use to be. Must have been an amazing 20 years…

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