This is a great article; now that space budgets have been cut down and space travel is facing an all-time crysis (I blame the Cold War's end) is of particular interest to see how consumerist technology and private investment are driving the technologies that optimize astronautical engineering thowards a future not only plausible for interstelar voyages but indeed factual.. and am itching for an Instagram of Earth at the opposite end of the Sun
What's it like getting consumer tech approved for use on the International Space Station? And what's it used for once it's up there? These questions and more answered in my latest, "Gadgets in Space: What It Takes to Get an iPad Into Orbit": http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/11/gadgets-in-space/
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