Obviously the “never-give-up-our-nukes” declaration of the Iranian President convinced the European Union, which joined with the United States in urging the International Atomic Energy Agency to report Iran to the UN Security Council for treaty violations. (DR, 9/22/05) Australia, Canada, and Japan added their voices to the request, as well. However, according to the Washington Post, several members of the IAEA board—most notably Russia, China, and several developing counties that have nuclear programs—are dragging their feet. Color us surprised.
NASA, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance are all preparing to launch their next-gen rockets from Florida’s Space Coast, two of them before the year is out. One is expected to liberate the U.S. launch enterprise from its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines, while all three rockets could eventually carry astronaut crews.