Hollywood history is littered with cautionary tales about corporate takeovers of outer space, but in <em>2001: A Space Odyssey,</em> things looked oddly familiar: Interstellar travelers flew Pan Am and stayed in Hilton hotels.
As an isolated, exploited employee of Lunar Industries in the 2009 film <em>Moon,</em> Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) probably has a less glamorous perspective on the privatization of space than <em>2001</em>'s space travelers.
During the space race in the 1960s, only governments had deep enough pockets to send humans into orbit. Now, with many of the world's governments in hock up to their eyeballs and NASA's space shuttle going into retirement, commercial ventures are poised to pick up where the shuttle leaves off.
<strong>A Good Luck Charm?</strong> The U.S. women's team is undefeated when wearing all black since the uniforms were introduced on May 14. In that game against Japan, Ali Krieger battled for control of the ball.
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U.S. players, in white, line up for a corner kick against Colombia in a group stage game of the 2011 Women's World Cup. The white jerseys have been criticized as resembling a nurse's uniform.
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The U.S. women's soccer team will be looking for a spark when they play Brazil Sunday in an elimination match of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. One source of inspiration could be their new all-black uniforms, which the U.S. team reportedly plans to wear for the first time in Germany.