This morning was the Space Shuttle Discovery touched down for the last time [VIDEO], the longest-serving and most-travelled winged spaceship ever.
As the grandest of man's technological advancements, requires the kind of bold innovation possible only to minds left free to pursue the best of their creative thinking and judgment. Yet, by funding the space program through taxation, we necessarily place it at the mercy of bureaucratic whim. The results are written all over the past twenty years of NASA's history: the space program is a political animal, marked by shifting, inconsistent, and ill-defined goals.
And yet, we have seen a great human achievement.
It was other vehicles that first made space a place that man could visit. It was these Shuttles, allowing an easy return journey, that allowed men and women to begin the process by which man first began making a home there.
As the workhorse in that fleet retires, it’s a good time to celebrate that.
PS: the source of this picture is the blog Temple of the Human Spirit.
If celebrating human achievement is your passion, you should give it a regular visit.