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Robot Nick talks about the Space Shuttle

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It just so happens that the Space Shuttle’s return trajectory takes it directly over my home, here in Orlando.Each time, it passes overhead, early in the morning, I am suddenly jolted awake by two loud bangs.The sonic booms rattle the windows of my old house and scare the cat.On every one of those occasions I smile briefly, roll over in bed and fall back to sleep, content.I am content not only in knowing that a group of fellow human beings is now once again safe on mother earth but also content in the knowledge that there is another group of brave people still in space. Like most Americans, I find immense inspiration in manned space flight.I believe that the trip to the moon was, hands down, humanities greatest achievement.I am sorry to see the Shuttle program come to an end, which is why it is hard for me to admit that I also believe that the decision to end the shuttle program was the right thing to do.Because of this emotional conflict, I will let my robot counterpart, Crank-o-Mati…