Friday, December 19, 2008

For those who don't know what to get me for Christmas.

The US space agency has announced it is selling three used space shuttles when they are retired in 2010, after 30 years of service.

A bargan at $ 42 million.


Matt said...

The article says that of the 6 shuttles that were built only 5 ever flew missions. And two of those were lost, and with them the lives of their crew. I had forgotten that, and suddenly, find myself saddened.

I'm reminded how almost every kid, myself included, at some point talks about wanting to be an astronaut. It's a rare thing for the heroes of your childhood to remain heroes when you grow up. And that's what makes their loss hurt so much more.

"I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave."

-Ronald Reagan

Dan "Running Free" Gaines said...

FYI - the 2 remaining shuttles not in operation:
1 on perminent display in Huntsville, AL, and
2 On perminent display in the Smithsonian

Mike, Since you will be my Minister of Security in 2012, I will gift you one of these bad boys.