Space.comSpaceflightHuman Spaceflight Poll: Should NASA's Space Shuttles Have Been Retired? By SPACE.com Staff | April 13, 2012 03:14pm ET MORE Was it right to retire the space shuttle fleet as NASA did last year? Yes - The shuttles served out a long career, and their time had come. No - The shuttles still had life left in them. Not sure - They were getting old, but now we're left with nothing.