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“Who is this moron, flying around?”: A short history of our failed love affair with space travel

Even after the moon landing, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin found themselves quickly forgotten

On 30th May, five days after the death of George Floyd, two astronauts were sent to the International Space Station in a mission named “Launch America.” The launch marked the first time since 2011 that astronauts had departed American soil for the International Space Station.

“A rat done bit my sister Nell,” my partner said aloud, while reading a BBC headline about this supposedly historic event. “And…

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