40% of all the space shuttles have exploded killing their crews. Two out of five.
I am glad that the space shuttle program is over. It was a program that delved the depths of human hubris and misjudgment more than the cluttered space of low to middle earth orbit.
Manned space flight makes no sense to me at this time. Too much time, money and energy is needed in pushing water and oxygen up and bringing astronauts back down.
I believe robotic space exploration is the way to go for the foreseeable future and the Hubble space telescope demonstrates that the people's imagination and support can be obtained by such.