"This final shuttle flight marks the end of an era, but today, we recommit ourselves to continuing human space flight and taking the necessary, and difficult, steps to ensure America's leadership in human spaceflight for years to come.
"Children who dream of being astronauts today may not fly on the space shuttle, but, one day, they may walk on Mars. The future belongs to us. And just like those who came before us, we have an obligation to set an ambitious course and take an inspired nation along for the journey...."
"I'm ready to get on with the next big challenge. The future is bright for human spaceflight and for NASA. American ingenuity is alive and well. And it will fire up our economy and help us win the future, but only if we dream big and imagine endless possibilities. That future begins today."
~ NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
He's ready for "the next big challenge" already.
How can we "dream big and imagine endless possibilities?"
Our future truly begins today.