Good-bye to the space shuttle

-The space shuttle Atlantis before its last launch (Image courtesy of NASA/Bill Inglalls)

I’m not sure what saddens me more: that today marks the end of US manned space flight or that we don’t have a damn thing to replace it. Congress and NASA want to point fingers at whose to blame for the, hopefully temporary, demise of the manned space flight program. Was it a lack of funding by Congress or NASA’s mismanagement and bureaucracy? I don’t know and I’m not particularly interested in the politics and squabbling. Either way, both parties have squandered our legacy and potential and should be ashamed of themselves.