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Not Everyone Is Impressed By NASA’s Orion Launch

Representative Mark Sanford wonders whether the government should be paying for space exploration.
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NASA’s Orion spacecraft safely completed its first test flight on Friday, taking one small step for the agency’s plans to eventually transport people into space. 

And despite the program's price tag, even congressional deficit hawks are willing to overlook government spending when it comes to space travel and the jobs it creates. In a statement, Senator Orrin Hatch called the launch “a major step towards deep-space exploration that is long overdue,” while Senator Marco Rubio called it “an exciting new chapter for America’s space program and for Florida’s continuing role as the nation’s spaceport.”