NASA’s mission STS-135 blasted into space this morning with the shuttle Atlantis. It will be the final mission before the shuttles are retired and distributed to various sites around the United States. It’s hard to believe — and sad — that the United States has no replacement ready to go. Watching a shuttle launch live is an incredible experience. I’m happy I got to see a launch, and bummed for an indeterminate future of American space exploration. Private companies will undoubtedly continue to grow…still, it seems odd that our government wants to neuter NASA.