This is the thirty first year my birthday has been marred by the event. Leroy Chiao thinks that we shouldn’t have retired the Shuttle, but he assumes we did it for safety reasons. As I note in the book, Shuttle was retired because it cost too much, and the fleet had gotten too small to sustain it properly.
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My thoughts on the anniversary, and lessons not learned, over at USA Today.
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Clark Lindsey has a link roundup on the anniversaries.
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Doug Messier has some thoughts, and a warning to the space upstarts.