July 11, 2006
Astronaut Scott Kelly, brother of astronaut Mike Kelly, put it well when he said of the nation's space agency, "We're back, baby!" With a relatively trouble free launch and a hard-won set of new inspection and repair procedures, NASA looks poised to get back to the pace it needs to have to complete the International Space Station by 2010.
While the shuttle Discovery still needs to land safely, observers are saying that NASA could come out of this mission in its best shape in years. Welcome news, to the legions of space enthusiasts around the nation. "They've still got the right stuff," said one NSS chapter leader. "We've missed having astronauts in orbit."
Thanks to Bill Harwood of CBS News for the Kelly quote.
Posted by george_whitesides at July 11, 2006 10:56 AM