After 30 years, NASA has closed the door on another era of spaceflight. The STS program was not without its faults and shortcomings. It cost way more per mission than estimated. It only achieved to get us into orbit, not to other planets, not even to the moon. Some saw it as a huge step backwards from Apollo.
There was still a great return on our investment, despite it not being the best investment.
The payloads it delivered to space: the Hubble, the ISS, and numerous other satellites and science experiments have greatly improved our understanding of the universe and how we can interact with it. Every launch I watched felt magical, like we could achieve more than the daily bullshit and grind on this planet.
Here’s a collection of all the missions in one glorious video.