It's a bittersweet thing for me: proud of our nation and this program and sad to see it come to an end.
I'm somewhat frustrated that we aren't ending it because we've developed the next generation of space vehicle but are closing down a program that could have continued until whatever is "next" is proven and ready to go.
I also feel that we're going to pay for this in the years to come. When you hear the NASA people talk (and I know some personally) they pursued their degrees because of the dream of space flight. They feel somewhat betrayed at this point, but even more, where's the inspiration for the next generation of engineers and astronauts? I don't think telling someone that if they work real hard and concentrate on the sciences that they might get to ride a Russian rocket into space someday is going to be a great inspiration for our brightest young people.
Anyway, God-speed Atlantis.