Friday, July 8, 2011

July 8th

Today was this nation's last Space Shuttle launch.


In that post-ignition plume are the dreams of many, whose ingenuity, integrity, and intellect fueled this country's longest running spacecraft program. Just as the plume expands, so also did Space Shuttle expand our knowledge of space, microgravity, and the engineering required to get there. Space Shuttle no doubt inspired millions (this humble blogger included) to reach for their dreams. The fiery hopes it leaves in it's path will only work to launch the next generation of human-rated space vehicles. 

And as we look skyward with great nostalgia, we must remember to look onward. Onward towards missions to Mars, with Type 1 Diabetics on board. Onward towards maintaining safe access to space. Onward towards building a program that will pick up where Shuttle left off, a program that will inspire the next round of astronaut hopefuls and engineers, a program that will inject patriotism and encourage innovation.

Today may have been this nation's last Space Shuttle launch.
But tomorrow is this nation's first day toward inspiring the next generation.