OK, pilots and non-pilots, this is cool.
Back then, the idea of putting a "flying machine" in space that could fly back to earth, land on a paved surface and under its own power was the stuff science fiction was made of.
Of course, back then lasers, wireless telephones (cell phones/flip phones like Nextel) and other things were considered science fiction as well.
Today, you can buy a laser pointer pen at your local Walgreens for around five bucks, and everyone who walks upright has seen the Nextel radio phones--similar to what the Star Trek guys used in the very first original episodes.
Here is a cool 360 degree panoramic view of the Space Shuttle Discovery's flight deck.
What a great program. What an idiot we have in the Oval Office to kill this program.