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This is a really neat episode on the history of the space shuttle talking about a lot of more inside pool stuff (by Discovery Channel standards anyway)

I don't have Discovery Channel here, but I do often watch National Geographic. Are they comparable?

Concerning the shuttle: I think that it was doomed from the beginning, although technically it was a really great thing! Sadly they never came to the same conclusion like the Russians came when constructing the Buran. Moving the main engines out of the orbiter was a great idea. They not only saved space and weight, but also they not only had created some boosters for the orbiter but a rocket system that could not only lift the orbiter but other really heavy payload.