Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the
moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge
and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask
God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and
greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.
—John F. Kennedy Jr., September 12, 1962
THE SPACESHIPS—MORE AIRPLANE THAN rocket really—sit majestically on the New Mexico tarmac. Diminutive by NASA standards and constructed of carbon composites to save weight, these craft look nothing like what the astronauts of yore rode into space and beyond. You can walk up to these babies and run your hand over their bodies. You have no trouble standing ...