Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Basel, , Switzerland
Re: Space Shuttle Fly Over
What a fantastic thing to see, I almost got the chance to see the launch of Endeavor as I flew back from Mexico. The timing was right I made sure that I had a window seat, not over a wing on the starboard side, the captain patched the NASA sequence through, I had my camera ready and the launch was postponed.
Speaking of which, I can't help wondering if humans would be more established in space if the space shuttle had not been. Nasa had plenty of plans to use further developments of the Apollo program, the so-called Apollo Applications Program, wet workshops in space, a manned Venus flyby, a trip to Mars.
A permanent Moon base.
Or the big Gemini program, based on Apollo and Gemini hardware.
All the dreams and hopes we had in the sixties and seventies.
I think that the shuttle program was in the end a big fail, too costly and not very effective.
And now? Well looks like it's back to Apollo after all, if we can find the money.
Without men civilization would last untill the oil needs changing.