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PolitiFact: Marco Rubio says the U.S. will pay Russia $50 million per astronaut



But hey, at least the first bag checks free.

Rubio made the comments as NASA's shuttle program winds down. On CBS, he claimed: "From now on, we are going to have to pay the Russians $50 million an astronaut to send Americans to the space station. And we have no plans to have anything in place to replace the shuttle any time before 2016," Rubio said. "For Washington, it should be ashamed that it took so long to deal with this, and that something's not in place. But it's important for America moving forward, because other countries are, China, India, are investing heavily in their space programs. We cannot afford as Americans to lose space supremacy."

PolitiFact Florida checked it out.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 4:51pm]


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