Discovery was the first shuttle to be decommissioned, back in March 2011. The orbiter flew 39 missions, more than any other shuttle in history, logging 148,221,675 miles on its odometer during 365 days in outer space. Its achievements include deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990, John Glenn's flight in 1998 at the age of 77 (which made him the oldest person to fly in space), and the "return to flight" missions after the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disaster.Is anyone else feeling a loss of American exceptionalism as they watch this?
Thanks, Obama. We can run through hundreds of billions of dollars (POOF! It's gone...heh...how should WE know?), assign the pissing away of said money to a "teachable moment", but we can't afford to fund the space program.