The space shuttle Discovery is shown attached to a modified NASA 747 aircraft at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 16, 2012. Discovery is expected to be flown to its final home at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia on April 17. [REUTERS/Joe Skipper]
They handle like a brick, the OMS can’t burn for more than twenty minutes without falling apart and they can’t travel to another planet without serious modifications, but the space shuttle is a beautiful ship.
I realize that NASA is focusing on the Orion program, but the remaining shuttles (Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour) all have dozens of flights left in them. I hate that for at least another five years, there will not be any manned American spaceflight. The Soyuz will take people to the ISS, sure, but it’s not the same.
Sometimes I ramble about space because it is important to me.