26 F107plus5 1 week ago I wanted to be an astronaut too. Spent hours on cold nights using my Sears refractor telescope, viewing Jupiter and its moons, Saturn, our moon, trying to see the Orion Nebula and reading every book in the library on space travel and astronomy. I don't think I missed a televised launch from Apollo 11 through the Challenger disaster. I was so into this stuff that as a little kid I had the G.I. Joe Friendship 7 Mercury capsule with all the accessories as well as every Viewmaster slide available for the space program.Our space program really showed what we could do as a country and it was something to be proud of. I felt and still feel sad when Obama canned the shuttle program without a replacement. Having to rely on the Russians for transport is a little embarrasing. It was a sad day here on the Space Coast when the Space Shuttle made it's long scheduled last flight. It was equally sad when the Constellation Program that was to follow up the Shuttle was caned as well.Constellation was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was underfunded long before the recession put it even farther behind. Congress didn't fund NASA sufficiently to keep it alive no matter what administration happened to be in office at the time.