Today marked the end of the space shuttle program. The space shuttle, like my love for you, but unlike the internet, was like a truck. Now, I'm not knocking the shuttle program- one radio pundit mentioned the critical role the shuttles played in the construction of the International Space Station and Hubble Telescope, and the advances made in orbital construction techniques, but the emphasis on the shuttle program has pretty much kept Homo sapiens from busting out of Earth's orbit. Of course, the untenanted probes and robotic rovers have been doing a yeomachine's job, but we have had nothing to compare to the Apollo Program in the last three decades.
Unfortunately, I really don't see a bright near-term future for NASA because our society is so messed up... our legislature is busy building a bridge to the 19th Century and well-funded organizations are trying to repeal reality. Still, I have to think that our sense of wonder hasn't been totally crushed, and that the species will get its shit together and will once again seek to land on another chunk of rock hurtling through the void.
Again, while I think that the shuttle program ultimately was a bit of developmental cul-de-sac, I'd be lying if I told you I didn't see an inherent coolness in space trucking: