2 days ago, McDonalds announced the development of its biggest restaurant in London, covering 30,000 square feet.

On the same day, the Shuttle program came to an end.

We tend to blame the government for everything and look for corporations to provide solutions.

The shuttle program was one of the most complicated programs ever conceived. And it was done by a government agency. They envisioned it. They built it. They made it work. For 135 missions.

In our daily existence, we’re so focused on results. Metrics. Measuring sticks.

The human experience requires more.

We need to be inspired.

We want to be touched by human aspiration.

We want to see the human spirit in motion.

I will miss this amazing technology that turned into poetry.

We lost a lot this week. And we might have to wait for a while to admire human ingenuity again.

In the meantime, there’s always the world’s largest McDonald’s.

STS requiem from Small Mammal on Vimeo.