Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Welcome Home Discovery
Thank goodness the space shuttle Discovery has returned safely to the Earth.
Unfortunately, STS-114 could be the last ever space shuttle mission. Atlantis was due to be used on the next flight, and indeed the Space Transportation System was supposed to be phased out in 2010, but with the Columbia tragedy and the problems during this mission, where astronaut Steve Robinson had to make an unprecedented EVA to remove protruding gap fillers from beneath the nose of the shuttle.
If the shuttle fleet is decommissioned, I hope that NASA have a worthy succesor in store. Surely reliance upon the Russian Soyuz system is unacceptable to the proud American public!