The space shuttle: So flawed, yet so inspiring — so human

When I covered a space shuttle launch in 2005, what struck me most about it was how jury-rigged and flawed and human things seemed — especially for a multibillion-program aimed at putting people into space — and yet, how inspiring it all was at the same time.

A shuttle of dreams, hopes and possibilities

The final U.S. space shuttle launched Friday morning from Cape Canaveral, Fla. and the world was watching. Since many of us at GigaOM have some special shuttle memories to share, we gathered a few of them and invite y’all to provide yours as well.