Excellent space headline of the day:
Shortly after NASA's former deputy space shuttle program chief Mike Moses announced that he was hopping over to private space company Virgin Galactic, the (currently grounded) government agency announced plans to continue its research mission in suborbital space by chartering a private spaceship.
NASA tallied the cost of each shuttle flight at about $450 million—and many put the real total closer to $1 billion.
The NASA deal with Virgin Galactic for three flights? $4.5 million.
Read lots more on the private space race, including the other companies that might soon be vying for the government's space business.