Some analysts are saying that the current multimillion-dollar price tag to book a seat on private rockets to blast off from the unhealthy planet could soon herald a new public era in space exploration. Certainly, the reusable nature of the Branson and Bezos programs (the reverse thrusters of the Amazon chief's booster brought it into a pinpoint landing shortly before his capsule hit terra firma) could be important. And the combined billions they have spent could have scientific payoffs.
“Well, I say they're largely right. We have to do both. You know, we have lots of problems here and now on Earth and we need to work on those, and we always need to look to the future,” Bezos said, adding that his mission was about blazing a path for future generations to get into space.
Fair enough. But the hoopla over two spaceflights that didn't reach orbit — and NASA's recent return to launches in a commercial partnership — underscores something else as well: the bravery and audacity of early space pioneers, who performed far more impressive and risky feats in much more rickety craft over 50 years ago, including several trips to the moon.
That really was a giant leap.
‘If anybody is lying … it is you'
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and the US government's top infectious diseases expert, Anthony Fauci, might both be doctors but they can't stand each other. When the pair meet during congressional hearings, there are almost always fireworks as Paul, an ultra-conservative libertarian, seeks to puncture the aura of expertise that surrounds Fauci.
In their latest clash, on Tuesday, Paul effectively accused Fauci of lying to Congress about the nature of National Institutes of Health funding to a virology lab in Wuhan, China, that conservatives claim was the origin of the coronavirus pandemic. Fauci, who has served both Democratic and Republican presidents for decades, did not take kindly to the accusation.
Brady knows the score
When you have won seven Super Bowls, you can say what you like.
But Trump's ears must have been burning Tuesday when Brady showed up with his teammates at the White House to celebrate their championship win — and proceeded to lampoon the ex-President in front of the man who beat him in the house where he used to live.
Turning to President Joe Biden, Brady recalled February's Super Bowl 55 triumph after he had left his New England Patriots for the Bucs, which confounded many experts.
“Not a lot of people think that we could have won. In fact, I think about 40% of people still don't think we won. You understand that, Mr. President?” Brady said, sparking disbelieving laughter at his chutzpah. A chuckling Biden quickly grabbed the rhetorical pass, replying, “I understand that.”
Not content with jabbing Trump over his false claims that he actually won last November's election, Brady then decided to take a pop at Biden's nickname “Sleepy Joe” — coined by Trump to malign his rival's cognitive powers. The veteran NFLer said that during a game last year against the Chicago Bears he forgot the exact position of the game “and they started calling me Sleepy Tom.”
It's safe to say Brady isn't Trump's favorite athlete anymore.
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