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  1. Eric R. says:

    I think it isn’t depression, more just a general unsettling feeling, as with a lot of thing that come to an end (or that’s what I’ve been feeling since I’ve gotten back). An uncertain future makes people uncomfortable. But people have to remember that there was a gap between the Apollo and Shuttle programs. The Apollo program was even cut short, and one of it’s Saturn Vs used to launch Skylab, which was eventually de-orbited after 6ish years (which will be the same fate as the ISS will have in 10 or so years, maybe we need to start preparing for that).

    Anyway, there is a flag in the ISS that flew with STS-1 and STS-135 that a lot of people are certain will come back to earth when a manned space flight from the US happens again, albeit probably commercial.

    Oh, and just to bring it back, the orbiters are as old as the New Haven Line cars, and everyone have been antsy to get rid of those.

  2. Al Cyone says:

    Maybe the kids should start learning Chinese instead of Russian?

    In any case, I trust you know how lucky you were. I remember seeing John Glenn in his Manhattan ticker-tape parade (back when there was still some real ticker-tape lying around) and I don’t think it ever occurred to me that there would come a time when the U.S. would not have a manned space program.

    I would have liked to have seen a launch but it never happened. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  3. human says:

    that is quite an impressive set of pictures. i don’t think people understand just how big that hangar is. i was once told that a single stripe on the flag is wider than a six-lane highway.

    from what i understand, nasa is not abandoning putting people in space. it’s overall outlook is that low-earth orbit (leo) is now achievable commercially, so let the private folks commercialize that while nasa goes further into the solar system, trying to put a person first on an asteroid and then on mars. that is really exciting to me and, honestly, it’s where a lot more interesting questions about the formation of the solar system can be answered. also, let’s not forget that all the while, nasa will be funding private entities in their quest for leo space transportation so it hasn’t completely abandoned that area either.

    yes, it is a bit depressing that we can’t keep a shuttle or shuttle-like program in place while we pursue the deeper solar system. yes, companies like spacex and virgin galactic won’t be operational as a substitute for the shuttle for some time. however, if i put myself in the place of nasa’s leaders and, given all their constraints, force myself to pick either leo or asteroids and mars, i’d go with asteroids and mars.

  4. matt says:

    i love the way you write. i also love the way you photog. no bullshit just the real deal. who needs filters? i’m glad you got to see this. i personally don’t even really care about NASA, maybe that’s because i’ve been to NASA here in houston and it’s own civilians let it rot, but everyone is entitled to be a nerd at something, us in common with trains, maybe liberal politics, but it was a treat to view these photos. to see something fly into space like that is remarkable. if it wasn’t for the stupid wars in the middle east that were perpetuated on bullshit, NASA would be making that machine to Mars. that’s really the only out of space thing i would like to see in my lifetime. a person touching Mars soil. anyway talk to you more on twitter. love it all.

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