Atlantis marks end of an era; future vague

6 thoughts on “Atlantis marks end of an era; future vague”

  1. I was born in the 70’s and am VERY upset this is it. I’m with you, to not explore is to only think about and I just don’t think that should be an option.

    1. If it weren’t for man’s curiosity and desire to explore, we’d still be living in caves. My old high school’s motto was “Qui non proficit, deficit,” or roughly “He who does not advance, falls behind.” Even the ancient Romans knew that.

  2. We need to fix what’s wrong with our own planet before we start aiming for others. Don’t get me wrong: Obviously I’m all for learning and science. But in terms of manned flights, going to the moon, etc., no. We need to fix our health care and educational systems first, preferably with money we save by not fighting moronic wars.

    1. As for fixing this planet before we aim for others, I don’t see why we can’t continue to do both. Man has always explored while at the same time improving the world he already knows. The two activities are not mutually exclusive; they are mutually beneficial. Besides, costwise, the space program is but a drop in our bucket of expenditures.

  3. I certainly share your disappointment. Had we the ability to designate the destination of our taxes, I would have preferred that a substantial portion of mine go to NASA rather than to destroying resources and killing people in the Middle East. Worst of all though is that the taxes that would have continued to fund NASA won’t be returned to us, but will probably go instead toward funding some new federal boondoggle.

... and that's my two cents