Here is something to look at as the space shuttle Atlantis prepares to take off on its mission to conduct maintenance on the Hubbell telescope. This missions is considered risky. This is due to space debris that could threaten the shuttle. A second shuttle is on standby to conduct a rescue mission. One would think we would have some upgraded shuttles by now. I know some things have been improved but the design seems to be basically the same for over twenty years. The program is scheduled to be retired in 2010. Still it’s pretty exciting and taking risks is what makes the space program interesting. Hopefully all will go well on this mission.
Here is a picture from the Hubbell that is pretty cool. Called the Eye of God.