2002, A Space Odyssey Or Just Pork Pie In The Sky?

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan promised a new era in space. Within 10 years, he pledged, the U.S. would build an orbiting space station, capable of everything from servicing satellites to providing a staging base for missions to Mars. Freedom--the station's name--would also allow America to wrest bragging rights from the Soviet Union, then the world's space-station leader.

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