posted on Feb, 7 2014 @ 10:29 AM
The shuttle was the first, real manned "space craft" which actually deserved this name.
For me it was worth it. Shooting a permanent explosion (what a rocket basically is) into orbit cannot be compared, IMO.
I wish we would live in a time (again) where people are excited about stuff and where costs are looked at AFTERWARDS respective won't play a
fundamental role as they have today.
Once there was a time where a president went public announcing a promise to send people to the moon and everything got excited.
Today....such things don't exist anymore. It's all about money, obamacare, terrorism etc., the usual crap which dominates our news every day.
True. People in many ways are just as excited, perhaps even more excited about space. The huge popularity of the rovers landing on Mars illustrates
However I think one knock on from the Shuttle and to some degree the ISS is that they made low earth orbit space travel seem routine.
Which it should be at this stage, to be honest.
However that also had the side effect of cooling a lot of enthusiasm since in the public mind we weren't really exploring anything (when in reality
we were, but in a different way).
We need our hope back.
There have be no less than 4 Presidential decrees similar to Kennedy's "Moon Speech" since Kennedy.
Regan's "New Orient Express" next generation spaceplane development speech.
Bush's "Mars Mission in the first decade of the 21st century" speech.
Clinton's "Mars Meteorite and Future Mars Exploration" speech.
Bush Jr.s "Humans Are Going Into the Cosmos / New Vision for Space Exploration" speech.
Obama's "Astronauts to an Asteroid" speech.
None of them resonate like Kennedy's.
Perhaps Kennedy's really only resonated because of the Cold War?
Would people have been as excited about going to the moon if it was not seen as part of a conflict against a sworn enemy?