The Associated Press: US astronauts upbeat despite end to shuttle fleet: "U.S. astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker and Russia's Fyodor Yurchikhin are set to travel Wednesday onboard a Russian-made Soyuz space craft to the international orbiting laboratory for a six-month mission.The trio will be onboard the space station to see the final shuttle — the Endeavour — depart from its last planned mission to the lab in November before the fleet is finally retired.
'Of course, it's a big change in our program ... but change is not always bad,' said Wheelock, who takes over as commander of Expedition 25 as soon as the current crew returns to Earth in about three months time."
So the astronauts are "upbeat" about the "big change in our program"? Pure weapons-grade bullsnit. What do you expect them to say, if they ever want to fly in space again? "Change is not always bad" - this isn't change, this is demolition.