The Mir space station is due to be brought back to Earth some time tomorrow. Ever since it’s launch, I have had a facination with Mir. Throughout the history of the space race, the russians have always been the first to do most things including having the first satellite in orbit, the first living thing in space, the first man in space, the first landing on the moon, and the first landing on another planet. Mir was the first permanent platform in space, and despite all the publicity about the accidents it had it is still one of the greatest engineering feats of all time.
I am truly blessed to be living in this day and age where I can see historical events live, either on TV or on the Internet. For the last few days I have been watching the construction of the new International Space Station by the crew of STS-102. NASA-TV has been broadcasting images and sound from Mission Control as well as from the Space Shuttle and the Space Station itself. I have been watching it during breaks at work.
I hope that I can see man landing on Mars soon, though I doubt that it will happen in my lifetime. The cost would be just too prohibitive. But I can still live in hope.