Here is a moving pictorial essay of the now-mothballed space shuttle fleet. Although the original promise (frequent, low-cost flights to space for both the government and private entities) of the space shuttle program never played out in reality, the shuttle itself always inspired me. I am fully on-board with the new space initiatives that bring private funding, know-how, and excitement to space-travel and exploration, but the shuttle has a warm spot in my heart. I am too young to have been caught up in the race to the moon. I came of age with the promise and heartache of the shuttle. It seems odd to me that the program has now ended. I hope that it won’t take too long for regular manned flight to space to resume again. . . although I don’t think it will come from NASA.
End of an era
June 7, 2012 By 1 Comment