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The space shuttle Discovery made a text-book landing earlier today in California instead of Florida (due to poor weather conditions). Everyone can now heave a sigh of relief although where this leaves the space program no-one knows at the moment. A succinctly named article “A Rocket To Nowhere” by Maciej Ceglowski gives some good commentary on the problems to be faced up to at NASA who get a far from favorable review.

Discovery Return

At the end of the day ‘Rocket Science‘ is just that – astronomically complex, but also exciting and alluring to those with a sense of adventure. The shuttle fleet is obviously coming to end of it’s life-cycle but even if they never fly again we musn’t forget their contribution to the space program and their iconic place in history.

Elsewhere…

Check out this cool high-res webcam (+ audio) from Aizu Wakamatsu train station in Japan. Watch as people scurry about their daily business! [via Joi Ito]

I also mentioned another good one in Kyoto a while back here but it appears to have disappeared now unfortunately. Find more cool cams on WebView World.

Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Tokyo. Prior to this, he lived in China and still returns frequently to continue exploring this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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