Awesome, it has made me finally decide to go get a Challenger Columbia liscense plate here in Florida.
It is also a sober moment to reflect. We live in the present, where we look at the frustrations and challenges of flying the shuttle and getting onto the CEV. But 20, 50, 100, 500 years from now, when people are living on Mars, Moon, Ceres and Earth and everyone is communicating on the Internet they will see this whole age as the beginning. the 30 year life of the shuttle will be a blink to them.
The Shuttle has been a step towards our ultimate goal in exploration and getting us off the planet and onward to the Moon and Mars. The HST SM have been my favorite but all the things that it has done, Spacewalks, Shuttle/Mir, ISS, HST, runway landings will be something that are looked back at with wonder.
That said, its time to start preparing for the next chapter. Serve the shuttle with pride and dignity and then lets get back to the Moon and restate our human claim to that world.