posted on Feb, 3 2003 @ 11:52 AM
Although the "accident" is tragic and my heart goes out to the families of the crew members, I salute all past and future crews for thier bravery
and fortitude. I know we'll continue to grow and expand our space exploration because we have to, it is part of who we are as a civilization. It is
humanities destiny to venture into the stars and see what is actually out there.
NASA has been telling us for the last 5 years that the current shuttle fleet is aging and will need to be replaced soon. I'm not sure but I think
this leaves NASA with only 2 or 3 operational craft left, since the Enterprise was given to the Smithsonian. But quite frankly the safety record for
the shuttle program is amazing considering the possible problems they face.
Only 2 fatal accidents in 107 missions is truly amazing. If only our commercial aircraft could match that safety record, more people would leave
their autos at home and fly more.
Has anyone seen any of the information concerning the next-gen of shuttlecraft? They look very sleek and will apparently use the scram-jet propulsion
system. Very cool stuff.
And I beg of you all, please do not politicize the space program!! It is not and never has been about politics, is is much more than that, and the
folks who are involved in the program are truly the best and brightest on the face of Terra.
Peace to all mankind