Space Travel and Risk

November 4, 2014 11:40 PM

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Space Travel and Risk

The recent crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was sad news for anyone interested in space travel. Most reports focus on the possible cause of the crash. This is important, but it conceals another issue. And that is the matter of risk.

A good number of people -- me included -- are uncomfortable when flying. It's not surprising. To be stuck in a confined metal and plastic tube, several miles up in the air, packed in with strangers and with no visible means of support is not a naturally relaxing experience. But though many fliers th...

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