It's still an incredible machine. The size of a 737, it'll take off like a rocket, accelerate to 18,000mph orbital speed and can return to land like an albeit very fast airliner. This just nine years after the last Apollo mission.
Thirty years on the human adventure is sadly missing from space flight. I grew up with heroes like Gagarin, Glenn, Young, Aldrin and McCandless. Now all the Americans have is hired seats on Soyuz capsules and a possible return to Saturn V era behemoths. A truly lamentable occasion.