I find it incredibly sad that the organisation I looked up to as a UK child (NASA) are pretty much falling from grace due to funding issues, and a lack of imagination by the powers that be. Yes, the North American Space Agency inspired this child from the UK.
NASA, back in my day, were something to look up to, the pride of the WORLD - they were my Space Agency too even though they're from the USA, because they were doing stuff that no-one, not even the Soviets, could manage .... and now? Now that NASA have retired the Shuttles, it's as if the worlds space escapades have just been obliterated, at least to this uninformed mind. Noone else can even touch the escapades of NASA from 20, 30, 40 years ago. What's to celebrate now that that is gone?
NASA did a pretty good job back in the day of making people like me know about what they were doing, and while it might not have inspired every man on earth, it certainly did me and it's depressing that my kids won't grow up with the same sense of wonder as I did.