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Fraser
2011-Mar-08, 12:50 PM
When it comes to space flight, the media, politicians and the public tend to focus on who was “first.” Many point to the fact that the Soviet Union was first to send both a satellite and man into orbit as the impetus behind the U.S. into the new frontier. However, the “lasts” are often lost [...]

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KaiYeves
2011-Mar-08, 09:40 PM
I agree with the article.

Beyond the hype, there is the beauty and the power, and nothing can diminish them.

Swift
2011-Mar-08, 10:39 PM
It is a good article, but I also think there is a similar, but maybe even more significant legacy. Maybe it didn't quite make space flight routine, but it got much, much closer to that than we were before. By the time it is finished, there will have been 135 shuttle flights, compared to 30 for NASA up to that point (if I counted correctly), and it increased the number of astronauts from dozens to hundreds (we don't even know all of them any more). It allowed non-astronauts, such as Mission Specialists to go to space for the first time. And it allowed us to really live and work in space like we never could before. That I think will be the biggest legacy.

KaiYeves
2011-Mar-09, 09:17 PM
It is a good article, but I also think there is a similar, but maybe even more significant legacy. Maybe it didn't quite make space flight routine, but it got much, much closer to that than we were before. By the time it is finished, there will have been 135 shuttle flights, compared to 30 for NASA up to that point (if I counted correctly), and it increased the number of astronauts from dozens to hundreds (we don't even know all of them any more). It allowed non-astronauts, such as Mission Specialists to go to space for the first time. And it allowed us to really live and work in space like we never could before. That I think will be the biggest legacy.
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Quoted for being exactly right.