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Re: "it was required to keep a second shuttle on standby just so they could use it as a lifeboat"

In the 60s and 70s we were willing to fling humans into space knowing everything was dangerous and there was a pretty good chance something would go wrong.

By the 2000s they were seen as routine, and routine needs to be seen as safe.

See also: air travel, cars, surgery, etc...

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