Did you know that the five extraordinary vehicles we called space shuttles have each traveled into space bearing the names of notable sailing vessels?
Being a great fan of the amazing work done by NASA, and also a lover of all things nautical, that thought brings a smile to my face. I can imagine the great minds that engineered the remarkable manned space flight program being acutely aware of a very special historical connection. They must have felt there was a kinship between earlier souls who went forth to explore on the seas and those of our age who were hurtled aloft to explore the heavens.
What a stroke of genius! They named the shuttles that would make history carrying explorers through the skies after noteworthy vessels that had taken other souls on journeys of exploration on the sea.
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