..and plenty of motorcycle parking
I disagree but not only for the concrete benefits and developments that have spun off from the program. There is, in my opinion, something to be said for the advancement of the boundaries of science for purely the joy of doing so. The investigation of phenomena solely for the sake of that investigation I believe is a worthwhile pursuit of mankind. Much as art, music and philosophy are viewed as useless by some, these things are inherently beneficial to the psyche of man. "Man can not live by bread alone."
Same here. I was stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter STEADFAST (WMEC 623) April 1981 - first shuttle launch. We were down-range off the coast of Florida providing security duty for the solid rocket boosters until the NASA recovery ship arrived to pick them up out of the ocean.Full circle for me, I saw the first one go up, and now the last one.