Nice photos, BUT...April 27 2012 at 10:26 PM
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I find the end of our shuttle program rather ominous.
Consider that two of the original four shuttles have had catastrophic failures that took the lives of 14 brave people and that represents a 50% vehicle failure rate. It's apparent to me that these shuttles are really being retired "early" because someone calculated that there was about a 1/75 chance of being killed while flying on them! Their original cost estimates turned into huge cost overruns and instead of getting the estimated 150 trips from each one, we've only averaged about half of that for them.
Now, without the funding for an alternative vehicle to reach "near" space, US taxpayers have to pay the Russians for rides on their Soviet Era rockets to reach the International Space Station. Supposedly, NASA is being "phased out" of providing access to near space so that private industry can step it to fill the void. Yeah, right. With the world economy continuing to slide, any high priced progress in that way will be minimal at best.
Meanwhile the Chinese are talking about a MANNED landing on the Moon by 2025 and, perhaps, a colony up there by 2040!