I read all of the news coverage of the space shuttle Enterprise's arrival in New York ["Special delivery," News, April 28]. I am sure that many New Yorkers felt a sense of national pride as the shuttle soared along the Hudson River, perched atop a 747.
Despite the fanfare, I felt a measure of melancholy while reading about American astronaut Daniel Burbank's return from the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz capsule on the same day ["Back on Earth," News, April 28]. I pondered how the nation that landed 12 men on the moon, put Skylab and the Hubble telescope in orbit, and flew a fleet of reusable spacecraft for decades, had been reduced to hitching rides from our old space-race rivals.
Philip C. Battaglia, Kings Park