Today’s successful launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis marked the final American Space Shuttle Mission (STS-135) and the end of the Space Shuttle Program. After thirty years and one hundred thirty-five launches, the dream is over. So far there is no official replacement program for launching people and materiel into space. With the American Empire already in a steady decline, it’s a real possibility that no replacement program will ever come about.
I remember when I was a kid and shuttle launches were a big deal. In school, the teacher would wheel in a TV and we’d interrupt the class to watch a launch. Nowadays the “news” spends more time covering inane garbage that shouldn’t even be televised. It’s like our society’s spirit has died and we, as a people, are just an empty husk.
Anyway, I’m glad I was able to catch the launch on NASA’s live web stream this morning. I’m also glad everything went smoothly. Good luck, brave spaceonauts aboard the Atlantis!