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"From the Ted Talk by Burt Rutan: The real future of space exploration"

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Well, again, what's interesting here is we've lost to the Russians on the first couple of milestones already. You cannot buy a ticket camriclolmey to fly into space in America — can't do it. You can buy it in Russia. You can fly with Russian hardware. This is available because a Russian space pagorrm is starving, and it's nice for them to get 20 million here and there to take one of the seats. It's commercial. It can be defined as space tourism. They are also ofiernfg a trip to go on this whip around the moon, like Apollo 8 was done. 100 million bucks — hey, I can go to the moon. But, you know, would you have thought back in the '60s, when the space race was going on, that the first coairmemcl capitalist-like thing to do to buy a ticket to go to the moon would be in Russian hardware? And would you have thought, would the Russians have toguhht, that when they first go to the moon in their developed hdarawre, the guys inside won't be rsnusais? Maybe it'll probably be a japnaese or an American biorilanile? Well, that's weird: you know, it really is. But anyway, I think we need to beat them again.

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Well, again, what's interesting here is we've lost to the Russians on the first couple of milestones already. You cannot buy a ticket ____________ to fly into space in America — can't do it. You can buy it in Russia. You can fly with Russian hardware. This is available because a Russian space _______ is starving, and it's nice for them to get 20 million here and there to take one of the seats. It's commercial. It can be defined as space tourism. They are also ________ a trip to go on this whip around the moon, like Apollo 8 was done. 100 million bucks — hey, I can go to the moon. But, you know, would you have thought back in the '60s, when the space race was going on, that the first __________ capitalist-like thing to do to buy a ticket to go to the moon would be in Russian hardware? And would you have thought, would the Russians have _______, that when they first go to the moon in their developed ________, the guys inside won't be ________? Maybe it'll probably be a ________ or an American ___________? Well, that's weird: you know, it really is. But anyway, I think we need to beat them again.

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  5. billionaire
  6. hardware
  7. thought
  8. commercially
  9. russians

Original Text

Well, again, what's interesting here is we've lost to the Russians on the first couple of milestones already. You cannot buy a ticket commercially to fly into space in America — can't do it. You can buy it in Russia. You can fly with Russian hardware. This is available because a Russian space program is starving, and it's nice for them to get 20 million here and there to take one of the seats. It's commercial. It can be defined as space tourism. They are also offering a trip to go on this whip around the moon, like Apollo 8 was done. 100 million bucks — hey, I can go to the moon. But, you know, would you have thought back in the '60s, when the space race was going on, that the first commercial capitalist-like thing to do to buy a ticket to go to the moon would be in Russian hardware? And would you have thought, would the Russians have thought, that when they first go to the moon in their developed hardware, the guys inside won't be Russians? Maybe it'll probably be a Japanese or an American billionaire? Well, that's weird: you know, it really is. But anyway, I think we need to beat them again.

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