Shuttle symbolism

11 thoughts on “Shuttle symbolism”

  1. I couldn’t agree more with the sentiments you’ve expressed here PT. As awe inspiring as all the photos and videos are, they also inspire in me a sadness too deep to describe… 😕

  2. We had such grand aspirations – the end of racism, the end of all inequalities, justice for all – and that’s all mostly gone with the cynicism that the current situation brings us to… it seems that most of what we got out of the space program was commercialized products that were used by giant corporations to become even richer….

    1. We benefited immensely from the products and technologies brought to us by the space program. And I don’t think the aspirations for the program included the things you mention. What we have lost is the sense of unity and pride in what we could accomplish, the sense of awe and wonder brought by exploring something beyond Earth, a magnificent perspective on mankind and our planet and the relative pettiness of our differences, and the inspiration to all of us, especially the children, to dream and strive and pursue and literally to reach for the stars. The government said NASA and the space program were too expensive. I say they were priceless.

      1. PT, the aspirations were for the times, not just the space program; and that was a very good comment that you made… perhaps I’m the only cynic here… :-))

      2. No, you’re not the only cynic in the group. One reason I’m so disheartened about the loss of the space program is it seems like the end of the last big dream. I’d already given up on all the other stuff — the end of racism, the end of all inequalities, justice for all, etc.

... and that's my two cents