The Future Of NASA, Forbes
"Orbiting approximately 200 miles into the heavens, the space shuttle Endeavour has a small but deep gash in its belly, caused by falling debris during liftoff last week. NASA officials have taken days to decide whether the hole threatens the safety of the crew or if the astronauts need to get out to repair the damage. The U.S. space agency is already weathering a veritable meteor shower of problems, including allegations of corruption, underfunding, drunken and disturbed astronauts, and even murder. Can anything be done to turn things around?"