older generations saw the first humans launch into space and land on the moon. the shuttles have been a solid fixture in my life, all their successes and their incredible challenges.
no matter what difficult decisions the US space program must make over the next several years in light of financial decreases, we should all sit back and appreciate with awe just how much NASA has accomplished over the last several decades with a relatively small investment. they have inspired people all over the world and made space exploration seem like a normal facet of human existence.
truly awesome in the true sense of the word.
there are more photos of the shuttle program available at the big picture.
i'll leave you with this lovely nature video. as sarah suggests, switch to full screen, sit back and enjoy!