Today is the anniversary of the Shuttle Challenger explosion.
In 1968, I sat in a movie theater and was thrilled by 2001: A Space Odyssey. Collectively, we dreamed of a future with flying cars and vacations on the Moon. Many of us are disappointed that due to budget cuts and politics, that future did not arrive. Or maybe it did and it's so embedded in our culture we don't notice it. Let me contrast and compare and you tell me if we made it.
After a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Astronaut Sally Ride died on 23 July, 2012.
Ride joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 (STS-7, Challenger) became the first American woman in space.She was 32 at the time which also made her the youngest astronaut.
The Shuttle Atlantis blasted off for the last time yesterday for a planned 12 day mission (STS-132).
There are two remaining flights in the program. Discovery (STS133) will fly on or about 16 September, 2010. Endeavor (STS134) will be the last Shuttle in orbit in mid November, 2010.