It looks like common sense has finally prevailed at NASA. You have to give them credit:
Space shuttle replacement
Meanwhile the Russians are having a quiet chuckle, whilst planning their own future:
Russia in Space
In my last entry, I couldn't remember the name the Russians gave their rockets. Well it is Soyuz.
BTW the russian Soyuz rockets date back to the 1960s, and hence are over 40 years old in lineage. Apparently, the Russians have made monumental leaps in rocket technology, eclipsing the early achievements of German pioneers. So perhaps it was abit unfair of me to imply that their current Soyuz rockets are based on German WWII designs - sorry.