You may have heard about the discussion about flying or not flying: Early in June, NASA’s management decided to launch, despite opposition from NASA engineers. There’s even a discussion over at Metafilter, where to my surprise the general consensus is that ‘exploration means taking risks’. Tell that your insurance company.
Personally, I cannot believe that the space shuttle, this relic of the Eighties, is still flying or actually, deemed fit for ‘space travel’ (earlier on xsamplex). Luckily, these aren’t my tax dollars being burnt.