Greatest Living Spacecraft
I applaud the returning crew of Endeavour for a splendid job all around. It is remarkable that mankind has actually built the capability to launch things of that size, with payloads that big. And attach them to growing structures already in orbit. Work for almost a fortnight, and then land with more crew than originally lifted off. The Space Transportation System may not be everything we wanted when the first test article was named Enterprise, but the shuttle is by far the most capable and effective spacecraft yet developed. It is a very big shame that NASA and the US congress have decide to trash all that capability and go back to 'throwing rocks' like everybody else. No disrespect to all the other manned space systems out there, but a ballistic boost and ballistic reentry doesn't have nearly the flash and appeal that the winged orbiter brings to spaceflight.
Thumbs up for the job well done, thumbs down for the future plans with Aries.