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October 29th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

NASA contracting from private companies is cheaper, but also risky

(CNN) – The end of the space shuttle era amid government budget issues in 2011, was the beginning of officials seriously handing over the reins of space travel to private companies.

Ever since, questions have swirled about whether private companies can handle such dangerous work well, while watching the bottom line.

CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

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