Am I the only one here who feels a certain sense of loss at the very last Space Shuttle launch-- ever-- currently sheduled for the end of the week? As an American child of the late 70's, I had a Space Shuttle poster in my room for a long time as a kid. I never made it to a launch, but I have been to the unused Shuttle pad at Vandenberg (Saw it a bunch of times on the train as a student at Cal Poly, and I had the pleasure of visiting it back in my aerospace days) and managed to read the entire site planning document and history for that facility (on paid time!).
I know, I know... it's expensive, and blah blah blah [insert P&R material here]. But no Space Shuttle? None of this action?
I did buy my toddler a toy Space Shuttle... but it will never be the same. I will dig up my LEGO one and bring it to work.
Translation for the Canadians: One Canadarm has been installed on the Space Station. The rest will likely end up in museums.