- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 5, 2001

NASA apparently will do almost anything to stop millionaire Dennis Tito and other citizens who want to travel into space, reserving the universe for the favored few (“Ventured capital,” Editorials, May 2). The National Aeronautics and Space Administration now seems poised to bill the Russians for half of the $20 million fare paid by Mr. Tito, on grounds that are tenuous, to say the least.

Yet, if you are a congressman or senator and want to take a junket into space, just call and NASA will be at your service. NASA has shuttled Rep. Bill Nelson and Sens. Jake Garn and John Glenn into space, no doubt helping to secure increased budgets. But the citizen and taxpayer who pays NASA´s bills might just as well rent “Star Wars” from the video store he will get no closer to space.

NASA should applaud Mr. Tito´s venture and look forward to hosting the next citizen to travel into space. Its elitism is disgusting.


GARY GREENBAUM

Fairfax


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