The Saturn V & Voyager probes belong upon that ultimate pedestal alongside writing & fire.
Throw in wine and a shower and it's a date.
The shuttle is one of the most beautiful things this species has ever made, perhaps all the more magical for being so fatally flawed. Almost anything that follows in the next few decades is going to seem like a step backwards. irrespective of practicality.
Even while I know that cheaper disposable and more reliable solutions are the way forward, deep down I can't shake the feeling that this is the beginning of the end of our adventures in space, as predicted so precisely in Baxter's Titan