Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Shuttle scuttled

The headline at Foxnews.com is that NASA has grounded all future shuttle flights indefinitely. The problem was an eerily familiar one:
During Shuttle Discovery's liftoff, a chunk of foam flew off the external fuel tank just two minutes into the flight. NASA does not believe the debris hit the shuttle, but had it come off just a bit earlier it may have caused the same damage that doomed Columbia 2 1/2 years ago.

I hate to hear this. I am aware of some of the opinions expressed elsewhere on the net. Yes the shuttle program is outdated. Yes it is bogged down by bureaucracy. But nonetheless, I was really rooting for NASA and had high hopes that one day America would recapture some of that spirit that it had just a few decades ago. It is a healthy thing for Americans to look outward once in a while and dream.