Can't they build a space station around the moon ? with all the money spent on shooting the aging space shuttle up and to have it fly around the Earth. Couldn't they have been sending up sections of a small space station maybe half the size of the International space station which i don't think we hear much about anymore. It would make sense to have 2 stations up there. One around the Earth and one around th Moon which is the only other fairly reachable Heavnely body up there. I was super pro space shuttle in the 1980s, but now I see it as an aging cost cow that eats up budgets up money to simply fly around and around the same planet and just do more of the same thing . smaller rockets carrying people and supplies can now be sent up to dock with ISS for research to be done. Will a newer and smaller version of the space shuttle be developed ? Who thinks the shuttle now is old news ?