Speaking of visiting, I haven't left a comment on Dodd's blog in far too long, but I felt compelled to respond to this post, in which Dodd blames the lack of progress in space exploration on the government's "near-stranglehold," which prevents free enterprise from tasking "the lead in the exploration and exploitation of space."
I dispute Dodd's contention in the comments. Go and read; I have a lot to say, and in my opinion, anyway, my arguments prevail.
Update, sorta, via WarLiberal: A massive (6 meters tall, 5.25 metric tons) European communications satellite has been stranded in a useless orbit by the malfunction of the Russian Proton-K rocket carrying it aloft. Read the story and look at the names of the private firms involved: the launching agency, International Launch Services (part owned by two Russian companies, Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and RSC Energia, and the US company Lockheed Martin), and the satellite builder, Alcatel Space. And the article notes a similar situation was rectified in 1992 by...yes!...a NASA astronaut spacewalking from the good ol' Space shuttle. (As Mac said, "You want your satellite launched, go to the best.")
Now, what near-stanglehold was that?