why don’t we know astronaut’s names anymore?

NY Times: The space shuttle Discovery returned to the launching pad today after technicians replaced its fuel tank with an enhanced model.

Why don’t they talk about the actual astronauts anymore? Back in the 80’s we knew them all by name, who was the pilot, etc. I suppose a large part of my memory comes from the Christa McAuliffe buildup, but still. Do kids in elementary school know the names of the pretty dang brave people going up in the next space shuttle?

If I was on that mission, I’d be pissed. Where’s my David Letterman appearance or my live satellite feed to classrooms and stuff.



  1. Maybe the kids in elementary school DO know the name of the astronauts, and it’s just you that doesn’t.

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