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[i]The accident effectively guts the nation`s space program. This is why: [list][*]The most dependable launch vehicles, the Delta rockets, are now grounded indefinitely.
[*]The space shuttle system has been on hold since the Challenger loss.
[*]The Titan rockets are unusable, after similar accidents with each of the systems in the past three months.[/list] Remaining in the nation's launch fleet are three expendable Delta rockets, six Titan rockets and three reusable space shuttles, but none are available until investigations are completed, crippling America's space effort for civilian and military uses.[/i]
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