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Liftoff! As NASA's shuttle program ends, private space industry takes flight




US space shuttle Atlantis lifts off on July 8, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final flight of the shuttle program.
US space shuttle Atlantis lifts off on July 8, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final flight of the shuttle program.
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Now that the shuttle program is officially ending - the job of ferrying astronauts to and from space is going to the private sector. Much of which is currently here in California. But states like Texas and New Mexico are working hard to lure those businesses into their borders. Greg Autry teaches macro-economics UC Irvine. He tells us about the major players in the private space industry.

Greg Autry is also co-author of the book "Death By China."