Alexander Wolf’s recent letter to the editor [“Space exploration belongs to NASA, not private enterprise,” June 19] on NASA may resonate with many Americans — lamenting NASA’s loss of leadership and growing reliance on the private sector for space access, as evidenced by SpaceX’s recent delivery of NASA astronauts to the international space station (ISS) using taxpayer money. He wishes NASA could retain space leadership, employ all the people that achieve success, and act as a catalyst to attract youth to science.

I want to offer a different perspective, based on my experience working on NASA spacecraft for a private contractor.

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