No kid was more Space-Shuttle-Crazy than I was. My family pulled strings to get me private tours of the Johnson Space Center with a real-live Astronaut, and only the oil bust kept me from being at the front of the line for Sapce Camp. I was devastated by the Challenger disaster. But you know what? This guy is saying what I’ve been saying for months, only with actual evidence and knowledge and stuff: kill the damn shuttle. Before it kills again!
Put us all out its misery, spend the money on inventing the next thing, and ask the ESA and the Russians to help us figure out the mess that the Internation Space Station has become. Seriously… watching the space walk to regrout the heat tiles was just embarrassing. I am sure the astronauts would rather get dropped off a few miles from the space station and spacewalk the rest of the way, letting the orbital hoopty lurch away unnoticed.
Seriously… if a satellite so much as taps the rear end of that thing, KABOOM!