At least when it comes to the debate over launching the Space Shuttle this July.

After a “spirited” two-day review, NASA managers today concluded the agency has reduced the threat of catastrophic damage from external tank foam and other debris to an acceptable level, a major milestone on the road to clearing the Discovery for launch July 1 on the second post-Columbia shuttle mission.


I have to wonder if this was the same “spirited” debate they had back in 1986 and in 2003.
I honstly think the timeline to mothball the shuttle should be tomorrow. Yeah, as in June 2, 2006. It would put a huge number of people out of work, but the shuttle over its lifetime has become a bloated white elephant that NO ONE wants to retire since it would be “thousands” of people out of work…which at this point is the ONLY reason that it is flying….

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