There's someone in that suit. News is coming about Space faster than I can write about it. Atlantis landed safely at Kennedy Spaceport at 0621 EST. For a few days there were 12 humans in Space. Still onboard the ISS is Persian-American Anousheh Ansari, who will be conducting experiments on behalf of ESA. She represents the true aspirations of Persian women. I am still saving my own 20 million!
From his HQ in Las Vegas, entepreneur Robert T. Bigelow built the Genesis inflatable habitat. It was launched into orbit by a Russian rocket July 12. Today Bigelow announced SUNDANCER, a fully crewed habitat to launch around 2009. It will weigh 19,000 lb and have an intial crew of 3. This will be a privately built space station! You heard it here first!
We are witnessing a transition in Space, where NASA is moving to the frontier of exploration and leaving Earth orbit for the private sector. Bigelow also announced plans to work with Lockheed on this ATLAS V booster. It is descended from the Atlas ICBM that boosted John Glenn into orbit. This is also a possible booster for the Orion CEV.