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Could Public-Private Partnerships Keep NASA's Golden Age Going?

NASA retired its space shuttle mission earlier this decade while private companies like SpaceX have generated headlines, in recent years, for both their proposed and actual missions into space.

Martin Elvis, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, said that kind of arrangement can help keep NASA’s "golden age" alive.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.