With the last space shuttle touching down, a another milestone is reached; to all intents and purposes russia is now the only country able to launch and re-enter, no doubt explaining the huge increase in their charges.
Like any good supply and demand system.
But a salute to all who flew and the endless inspiration provided.
image: At 5:57 a.m. EDT on July 21, 2011, space shuttle atlantis lands
for the final time at nasa'skennedy space center