Space.com reports, “…at the dawn of the 21st century, with hundreds of people having now circled our planet, just what trajectory is human spaceflight really taking? Apollo, for all its glory and foot stomping moonwalks, is today a dusty, historical artifact of the Cold War.

As the International Space Station faces size and budget reductions and as human missions back to the moon or on to Mars are put on the backburner or dismissed, human spaceflight appears to have been placed into a neutral parking orbit.

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