Neighbor Bill sent this link to a USA Today animation showing the sequence of the construction of the International Space Station over its thirteen years of existence. The STS (the shuttle) was the primary freight truck in the building, with the Russian Soyuz rockets doing some of the work also. Too bad we’re going to toss away the remaining shuttles and turn them into museum pieces while they are still the main freightliners to low orbit, but that’s the way governments work. I mean, nobody in charge had to pay for anything, so who cares?
And besides, it only cost Billions when Trillions is the new black.
(Note: I just checked the link and it was broken. Maybe USA Today took down the link. Sorry.)