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What The Media Tell Americans About Free Enterprise

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March 1998



ABC’s Ned Potter, on the February 20 World News Tonight, told viewers that space exploration is no longer a government monopoly. He pointed out that "the real growth in space is happening in places like this, at the headquarters near Denver of a private company called Space Imaging Eosat."

Eosat, Potter explained, will take photos from space of things as small as three feet across on earth. These pictures will be useful to such people as farmers worried about crop diseases and state agencies trying to assess floods.

In fact, Potter reported, "in 1996, for the first time ever, private companies spent more on space than the world’s governments did." He noted that "several firms hope to launch communications satellites for peanuts, and a few talk seriously of space tourism in as little as three or four years."

Concluded Potter: "The pioneers, Glenn and Columbus, were sent by their governments. The settlers who followed came on their own. Like all past frontiers, the final one is gradually opening to all comers."


Rich Noyes





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