This is an awesome article in Wired about how the Russian space agency is using old components and tourists to fund their program. If they can find some people to pay $100 million, they'll get to go into space and around the Moon. Then landings are next, if they can pay for them. Instead of waiting for new breakthroughs and technology that's 15 years away like NASA, they're doing it with what they've got and proving it can work.

Of course who knows what would happen if some American millionaire is killed by an accident on one of these Russian space flights. We're not exactly the most rational people recently so I couldn't even guess what kind of reaction we'd have.

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