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During Saturday’s news conference, Pettit played down his role in the historic event. He noted that the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, which opened up America’s Western frontier, was commemorated by the pounding of a golden spike.
“This is kind of the equivalent of the golden spike,” he said. “And one other interesting detail _ nobody remembers who pounded that golden spike in. The important thing is to remember that the railroad was completed and was now open for use.”
Success or failure of the new commercial space effort _ the cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s vision for NASA _ does not hinge on a single mission but rather many missions over many years, Pettit stressed.
“Commercial spaceflight will blossom due to its own merits,” he said.
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