July 5, 2006, - 2:42 pm

Photo of the Week

By Debbie Schlussel
A picture truly is worth 1,000 words.
One of the many reasons we support continued U.S. space exploration: From yesterday’s All-American, July 4th Space Shuttle Discovery launch . . .

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(Magnificent photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images-Agence France-Presse)

Like NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said, “They don’t get much better than this.” But you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to recognize it. Our space exploration is one of the many things that makes America great.

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4 Responses

Only America could achieve what mankind accomplished in technology and space exploration – and continues to this day. And, not just in manned space flight.
You can watch that spectacular launch by visiting the link below.
http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/sts-121_front/index.html

Thee_Bruno on July 5, 2006 at 3:07 pm

I remember already being fascinated watching the later Apollo missions launch when I was a little boy of 5 or 6 and was so happy to see the excitement in my own 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter watching the Shuttle launch with me yesterday!
Long live NASA!

hairymon on July 5, 2006 at 3:29 pm

Yea, let’s throw more money at the Shuttle and all cross our fingers +hope it takes off.

danny on July 5, 2006 at 7:22 pm

I am a big proponent of the Space Program but the Space Shuttle is a waste of money and should be an embarrassment to the American people.
We walked on the Moon 35 years ago and we are spending about 1 billion per launch to send a bus with wings into orbit for PR.
America should have moon bases and we should have been exploring Mars in the year 2006 not sending a 40 year old shuttle into orbit for PR stunts.
We should be mining Helium on the moon to solve the energy problems of Earth not sending an aging shuttle into low earth orbit.
Ask yourself why our government has scrapped the space program and settled for outdated shuttle that is dangerous and serves no purpose.What happened to the Spirit that once was the space program.
I AGREE WITH YOUR POINTS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY NASA IS NOT DOING THOSE THINGS. BETTER THIS THAN NOTHING. BUT YOU ARE RIGHT–WE SHOULD BE AGGRESSIVELY PURSUING THESE AIMS. WHAT TO DO TO CHANGE THAT? TOO BAD YOU ARE NOT RUNNING NASA.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

ScottyDog on July 6, 2006 at 10:02 am

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