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Well I’m pretty sure that going into space is exactly as impossible today as it was 100 years ago. This would be supported by the fact that contemporary imagery of ‘space missions’ looks fake, imagery of 10 years ago looks fake, 20 years ago still fake, i.e. all of it looks fake. The US Air Force ran the X-plane program and as soon as it started looking like they’d hit a ceiling of maximum flight altitude, they dropped space like a hot rock and NASA was formed to carry things on. If it were possible to travel to orbit, the US Air Force would by now at least have taken something heavy up there and dropped it to see what kind of mess it would make. But they haven’t.