Roamy here. When they announced that there would be a historic photo of Endeavour docked with the International Space Station, I guess I thought it would be more like this:
Perhaps there will still be some nicer photos, but I wanted to put something up for XBradTC this morning.
One more Shuttle flight, then we are entirely dependent on the Soyuz, and yes, there is a fair amount of bitterness at the role politics plays in space exploration. I’m not sorry that Ares was cancelled; it was a seriously flawed program. However, I can’t help but look back at the bold statement President Kennedy made on this day 50 years ago, after Alan Shepard’s suborbital flight. We were 9 months away from John Glenn’s orbital flight, and yet, we were setting our sights on the moon. That’s the “can do” attitude I wanted to be a part of.
I am hoping that the SpaceX Dragon or one of the other space capsules will be ready for manned flight soon.