It really doesnâ€™t break my heart to see the Space Truck (Shuttle) program bite the dust. The space race was a race to the moon and at the time manned space fight was romanticized and astronauts were heroes, robotics had not advanced enough to be a viable substitute for humans. Today everything that the Space Shuttle did can be done by remotely controlled or robotically controlled ships. Right now there are men in orbit around earth aboard the international space station and there probably will be for years to come. Outside of the scientific community much of modern space exploration is met with little or no enthusiasm, and it surprises me that this topic has seen as many postings as it has. I would love to see a new space race to Mars, maybe against China, but a manned mission to Mars is going to take along time to happen, which was my point.