Final Discovery

Return to Flight

"Return to Flight" Image by NASA on The Commons via Flickr

We’ll miss you Discovery…eventually…but we want you to go out in a metephorical blaze of glory, not a physical one.  We can wait.

The last launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery was going to take place two weeks ago to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.  Among the packages in the cargo hold is a robot, R2, a joint venture between NASA and General Motors, which will become a permanent resident onboard the station.

However, they found cracks in the shuttle’s main fuel tank, bad cracks.  They think they can fix them on the pad, but some other folks say that NASA needs to roll it back into the Vehicle Assembly Building, remove the orbiter, and do it right.  How bad would it be if we lose another crew and orbiter because we rushed to launch to meet some anniversary or whatever.  Discovery has served us well and deserves to end up in a museum, not blown into tiny pieces.  The crew needs to come back national heroes, not become martyres to political expediency and their families need them back alive.

Safety first, people.

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~ by Bill Housley on November 18, 2010.

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