Michel Tognini

STS-93

“It was a wonderful project but it was expensive to keep the Shuttle in order to maintain the ISS and to also start new exploration programmes. This is very sad and people will miss the Space Shuttle afterwards for many years.

"It was just beautiful, something to witness, and great achievement of humankind to build this Space Shuttle and make it fly. Even just the look of the Shuttle, with its black and white lines, and all the individually numbered heat shield tiles, it’s an amazing machine.”

Last update: 30 June 2011

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