The Discovery was flown via 747 to Washington DC today, including an impressive DC flyby, en route to the Smithsonian. It's a sad day for US manned spaceflight. I heard on the radio this morning that the earliest our country will be running manned missions is 2017, and that's using a private company. The earliest NASA could return to space with manned missions is 2025. This is appalling.
Our president continues the massive giveaway to the lazy poor, borrowing $1.5 trillion per year, but we don't have a functioning manned space program.
American leadership is not a dying craft, it is dead and buried.