followed the next year by the Challenger.
Next came the Discovery,
followed in 1985 by Atlantis.
I thought some Trekkies had been able to convince NASA to name one of the shuttles Enterprise.
Was I wrong on that? Or was it something else that was named Enterprise?
In January, 1986, the Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after takeoff, killing all aboard, including the first teacher who was to go into space.
Two and a half years ago, Columbia disintigrated as it re-entered the atmosphere, killing the entire crew.
Today, NASA launched Discovery, the first mission since the 2003 disaster, trying once again to get us full steam into the space exploration game.
Some idiots are saying we are trying to get back too quickly, and that NASA is bending some of its own rules to get us jump started again.
I think we're going too slow. No matter how much preparation is involved, there are going to be risks, failures, and disasters. Even if we had gone ten years, some disasters still cannot be averted.
I think we need to learn from our mistakes and keep moving on. Yes, more lives are still going to be lost. That is the way of moving ahead. Do you think people stopped moving West in the New World when they had heard of people ahead of them getting killed by "native savages" or the almost unpassable Rockies during the Winter? Nope. They pressed on... and kept pressing on. We wouldn't have gotten anywhere if they wouldn't have done that. We're not going to get anywhere if NASA and its supporters don't keep pressing on.