A strong opinion piece fromin the print version of Time due out next week. I couldn’t disagree more. The Shuttles are costly and unweildy, but they need to keep running until they can be replaced. There have been competing proposals for almost 30 years, and it’s time that Congress took the initiative to fund a program to make the U.S. a premiere space-borne nation. The EU, with their Ariane rocket, despite problems, are moving ahead, and the Chinese will soon have an active (and new!) program. We need to be out there. Shut down the shuttle and retire the magnificent and dangerous craft as soon as they are no longer needed.
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