Ed Driscoll

Whew!

The Discovery successfully blasted off from Cape Canaveral a half hour ago. As Reuters notes, one of its mission objectives is to test “the shuttle’s troubled fuel tank“. Which highlights one of the many enormous problems with this antiquated and dangerous vehicle: there have been over 100 previous launches. Shouldn’t they have gotten it right long before now?

It’s time for NASA to simplify things and go back to the future. And eventually get the government out of the manned space business as much as possible.

Update: Unfortunately, the Space Shuttle wasn’t the only vehicle launched towards space today