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And Now the Good News #103: 9/23/2014 
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 | 07:08 am (UTC) - SpaceX
Hi Steve,

Thanks as always for the good news. I'm really happy you did a story on SpaceX being one of the companies to be awarded the manned space vehicle contract. Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, is a hero of mine. If you don't know anything about him, there's a pretty good documentary about him on Netflix, and 60 Minutes did a great story on him, too.

He's a South African man who basically started Paypal, then sold it off when it got huge (to ebay, if I remember correctly ) and took that money to start both Tesla electric cars and SpaceX. Tesla's car recently scored the highest rating Consumer Reports has ever given a vehicle, and they hope to make the batteries cheaper and more efficient to bring down the cost, and make it the first truly practical, affordable all electric car on the market.

And you now know SpaceX has been in a race trying to replace NASA's shuttle program to ferry crew to the space station, and succeeded. With his vision and desire to change the world for the better, I would NOT bet against him that SpaceX will get us on Mars before NASA does. Simply put, our politicians will never again care enough about space travel and get motivated to fully fund something like that, so it will have to be the private sector that takes us to the stars. And SpaceX is leading the way. Check out that documentary if you get time. I believe it was called 'Game Changers'.

Thanks again Steve!

take care,

Jay Wendt
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