Ok the safe return of Discovery and its crew gives a sigh of relief to everyone. But one question remained unanswered was it necessary to risk the astronauts in the first place? Ok space technology is essential but sending human in space… I don’t think so it was necessary. We have lots of remote devices/tool such as robots that can be used.
Getting knowledge of universe it essential (especially when you are considered as advanced and successful if you are leader in space technology) in long term and one can surly use the technology to replace human in danger places like this.
I’m also against president kalam view to send an Indian on the moon. C’mon Mr. President, we have more to fix than this *stupid* idea of sending an Indian out there. Please fix or create new technology that can forecast earth quakes, tsunamis and floods warning. Please don’t waste money of honest tax payers on this and if you really would like to send an Indian there then start with robots!
I will be interested to get more views from others.