The last space shuttle launch just happened an hour or so ago. Sad to see the manned era of space exploration end for the US. They say it'll be 10-15 years before we see another manned space launch in the US. Sadder still at the complete lack of foresight from anyone in Washington. It's hard to argue that we should continue to use 30 year old orbiters, but I'm shocked that in 30 years no one planned for a replacement orbiter that could go into service almost immediately after the retirement of the shuttle. Typical of our government though.