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No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Space Balloon

Last August, a guy from Brooklyn, NY, and his son, launched a balloon that reach  an altitude of 17 miles (100,000 feet). That's high enough to see the blackness of space, and the curvature of the earth.  They did this for about $1000.00...think about that for a mere thousand bucks, they reached near space.  Virgin Space will  charge you $250,000.00 for the same thing.    Here's  video and a link to the site for much longer video.

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

Amazing what an American can do, yet NASA has prevented us from reaching there for 4 decades.  My father designed space suits and life support systems for first, the Air Force, then later for NASA.  He insisted to the end of his life that Kennedy's cancelling Project Dyna-Soar pushed back a viable manned space station by 20 years. 

Artists renderof of re-entry.

He always thought that instead of going to the moon, we should have taken a smaller step of building a permanent station that would serve as a way point to the Moon, Mars and beyond. 

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