Last Shuttle Launch?

There’s a lot of hype going on about STS135 having been the last shuttle launch…  yes, that’s apparently true, the SHUTTLE program (started at the beginning of the 80s) has ended (for good?).  However, the proposition is that we move from GOVERNMENT (read: NASA) to CORPORATE (read: INDUSTRY) run space programs.  And yes, that might take a few years to blastoff *snicker snort*  ;0)

Also, don’t forget that we still have astronauts up in the International Space Station.  AND please don’t forget the key word:  INTERNATIONAL.  It’s about time we all realized (as did the late Deke Slayton) that space exploration isn’t just about the U.S. of A.  It’s about EARTH.  Other nations have contributed (more than contributed) to the ISS…and their programs don’t seem to be going anywhere.

So this isn’t the end of space exploration.  There will STILL be astronaut/cosmonaut/&tc. heros out there for us and our children.

As was written on the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:  “DON’T PANIC” 

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