We often discuss the lack of passion among the general population and governments agencies. I now think I know why
This morning (In Australia) I woke to the news the shuttle was grounded due to a fuel sensor issue considered to marginal to allow the craft to launch
Now how did the media describe this - NASA fails again. Space program in tatters. Shuttle dreams shredded, Astronauts deverstated.....are you seeing a pattern here.
Now give me a break here. Why does such extreme language need to be used for such an event. Sure the media wants to sell copy, thats what they are in buisness for. But in the halcyon days of Apollo the media was so supportive - and people still bought papers to share the adventure.
Perhaps rather than send petitions to government, space groups might want to give the media a slap.
Finally (puff puff) I find reporters describing the shuttle as blasting off a little unsettling. Surely it is being fired or lifting off.