August 09, 2007


Here's the vid of the shuttle Endeavour going up yesterday, complete with on-board camera shots of all three boosters breaking away. (You have to wait till the very end for separation of the big central tank.)

Personally, I've long viewed the shuttle as a near-useless boondoggle. Nonetheless, I still get the chills watching a lift-off, much the way I imagine somebody might have felt watching a sailing ship pushing off for the horizon on a voyage of exploration back in the day.

I hope that in my lifetime NASA will scrap this low earth orbit mucking about and start dreaming big again - colonies on the Moon and Mars, ever more comprehensive probes of the rest of the Solar System and beyond. Either that, or else that it will just get the hell out of the way and allow private enterprise to do its stuff.

Posted by Robert at August 9, 2007 10:57 AM | TrackBack

It's amusing that you bring this up today (obviously it's timely, but that's not my point) - I just found out I have a coworker who actually and honestly believes the moon landing was faked. I've been having quite a bit of fun this morning tormenting him.

Still, I tend to agree that it's time to think big again - though I'm not convinced that the shuttle isn't a good step in the right direction.

Posted by: beth at August 9, 2007 11:05 AM

Heh. That reminds me that after all these years I still haven't seen Capricorn One. It's now in the ol' Netflix queue.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at August 9, 2007 11:12 AM

From what I heard, the shuttle program will be done in 2010, then it's back to the moon.

Posted by: GroovyVic at August 9, 2007 12:29 PM