After seeing that foam falling from the external fuel tank on Discovery’s launch, NASA has scrubbed all further launches of the space shuttle indefinitely. The Shuttle Atlantis was scheduled for launch in September. Please see this MSNBC article.
Personally, I would like to see a new craft be built. The shuttle program is 30 years old and needs a face lift. There are now only two shuttles left. What happens if another incedent occurs? That would leave one shuttle. It takes months to prepare a shuttle for launch and that would greatly decrease the frequency of space travel.
Point: We need new technology.