As a child, my imagination was fueled by the visions of science fiction writers and the space program. With the space program I saw adventure, scientific advancement, and hope for indomitable spirit of mankind.
I mourn my childhood dreams.
The US space shuttles are being retired over the course of 2012. There will be three additional opportunities to see see this magnificent site. The shuttle Enterprise will go to New York, land at JFK then be floated up the river to the Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan.
While I believe we will eventually get back into space, the program will most likely turn commercial. Nothing wrong with that, it might make the experience reachable for us citizenry.
My imaginative meanderings in space travel and exploration will never be diminished, I sorrow at the loss of momentum in development. And, hope.
Hope that mankind will once again walk on the moon and go further.
- Space shuttle Discovery poised for final takeoff (hosted.ap.org)
- Space shuttle prepares to be carried to retirement home (itv.com)
- Space nerd porn: shuttle Discovery makes final flight atop 747 (twitchy.com)
- Space Shuttle Discovery Flies to Its Retirement Home [Space] (gizmodo.com)