Space Shuttle: A Horizon Guide- Wed., December 5 at 10p on WOSU TV

It was three decades ago that the first space shuttle, Columbia, was launched. It was such a triumph of technology, engineering and organization that it’s easy to forget the program was primarily the product of an economy drive. The disposable Apollo missions had cost billions. A reusable craft was deemed more expedient. The Shuttle story has been characterized by incredible triumphs, but blighted by devastating tragedies. This unique and poignant Horizon Guide brings together coverage from three decades to present a biography of the shuttle and to ask what its legacy will be. Will it be remembered as an impressive chapter in human space exploration, or as a fatally flawed white elephant?