Last Launch

I don't have much to say today, and I'm typing on my iPod, which is not easy, so I'll keep it short.

But did you hear about the last space shuttle launch today? I'm not able to watch, because I'm at work, but I wish I could be there for the launch. Is it really the last space shuttle ever? I find that very depressing. I think space exploration is important - and now it's over? Boo! I hope our next president starts the shuttle program back up again (if we can ever afford it again, with the crazy national debt).

Do you know how many advances in technology came as an indirect result of research done for the space program? Pretty much anything worth having. And they just ended it.

Needless to say, I'm not happy about this. But when you spend trillions of dollars in three short years you have to cut somewhere, right? It makes me sick.

Today could mark the end of an era.

But I'm not giving up hope yet. This could still turn around, right? I'll give up hope when I'm fifty and there's still no space program.

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Brittney Galloway said...

I know, boo! We had a friend who was in line to train as an astronaut, and now, nothing! Growing up in Florida, always seeing/hearing the launches from our backyard, it makes me sad to think of what the US is going to miss out on now.

Katie said...

Agreed. My uncle worked for the space program working on shuttles and he lost his job. Along with lots of other people! A lot of that area in Florida is really hurting right now. I don't like it one bit!

Unknown said...

I feel the pain. I grew up watching the space shuttle from my many times that I hated having to go out and watch them (My dad worked for the space program and would get so excited about us going out to watch them launch). I wish I had understood at the time what an amazing opportunity I had! Now, it's sad to think that my two year old son will never watch a launch. :(

Jessica Elyse @ Memoirs of a Mommy said...

I am hopeful it is not the end. My husband works in the space industry and it is never a happy sign to see these projects come to a hault. I don't think they are stopping space exploration, just the use of the space shuttle for transporting astronauts to the space station.

Kara @ Just1Step said...

Callie, I thought you weren't supposed to be blogging??? You're on a hiatus, remember?!

But since you posted anyways...yes I think that's crazy. I bet they'll pick it up again someday.

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