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#1    Saru

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 05:27 PM

Space shuttle Atlantis has launched successfully from Cape Canaveral for the very last time.

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The 135th and final space shuttle mission has lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Space shuttle Atlantis was launched into history at 1129 local time (1529 GMT; 1629 BST) on Friday. The 12-day mission will ferry 3. 5 tonnes of supplies to the International Space Station.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 06:37 PM

The end of an era.


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Posted 08 July 2011 - 06:46 PM

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 06:57 PM

I have to say, I do feel rather sad as I see the space race has run out of gas. I guess we will have to now rely on private corps to do the space stuff.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:22 PM

I hate the idea of being stuck on the blue marble in the middle of nowhere, get crackin' peoples!


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Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:37 PM

The End of one Step the Start of the NEw era in our Quest`s to the Stars. Lets not Stop the Challenge ! We were meant to Travel into Deep Space and Explore. Its Genetic ! :tu:

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 10:49 PM

View PostThe Silver Thong, on 08 July 2011 - 06:57 PM, said:

I have to say, I do feel rather sad as I see the space race has run out of gas. I guess we will have to now rely on private corps to do the space stuff.


Well,
The "space race" actually ended back in 1968, Silver.
But I think I know what you're talking about.

We are working on heavy lift booster designs, and a spacecraft.  Private industry will be working designs as well.  The future?
Who knows exactly what it holds?   We may be seeing NASA , or a private company managing a booster, or, a combination of the two, working together to provide access to the ISS, and access to space outside of Earth orbit.

It's so hard to predict these days.  All it takes is a new President, and the political winds blow and entire initiative out of the water, propose another, then change it!


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Posted 08 July 2011 - 11:22 PM

All those man hours, all those deaths, all those risks just so it can end now?


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Posted 08 July 2011 - 11:33 PM

View PostTheSpoonyOne, on 08 July 2011 - 11:22 PM, said:

All those man hours, all those deaths, all those risks just so it can end now?


It has to end sometime.
This was planned.


The "end" of manned spaceflight wasn't, however.


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Posted 09 July 2011 - 01:08 AM

Privatized corporate space programs.... what a scary idea....


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Posted 09 July 2011 - 01:12 AM

I remember sitting up as a kid watching the first shuttle launch..


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Posted 09 July 2011 - 01:31 AM

View PostDingoLingo, on 09 July 2011 - 01:12 AM, said:

I remember sitting up as a kid watching the first shuttle launch..


Aye, tis sad.

Can remember watching the Apollo launches in the early 70's.  I imagined at that time that we'd soon have people living and working on a moonbase. (.... and that I'd be in charge. A moon captain instead of the space cadet I've turned into)

I fervently hope it will be not the last ever manned space-mission I see launched.


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Posted 09 July 2011 - 02:12 AM

Just think of it this way, the president wants a whole new generation to experience the feeling of 1961 again. What a visionary :tu:


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Posted 09 July 2011 - 07:03 AM

Oh lord, I couldn't help but to smirk a tear. There is a lot gone into that wonderful and gorgeous machine.

Shuttle will fly in all of our hearts.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 05:39 PM

View PostMID, on 08 July 2011 - 10:49 PM, said:

Well,
The "space race" actually ended back in 1968, Silver.
But I think I know what you're talking about.

We are working on heavy lift booster designs, and a spacecraft.  Private industry will be working designs as well.  The future?
Who knows exactly what it holds?   We may be seeing NASA , or a private company managing a booster, or, a combination of the two, working together to provide access to the ISS, and access to space outside of Earth orbit.

It's so hard to predict these days.  All it takes is a new President, and the political winds blow and entire initiative out of the water, propose another, then change it!


Hi ya Mid.  Ya the space race did end as soon as the US landed a man on the moon but there was always more compitition to be had. To bad the last 9 years have been wasted on war and not working on the next generation of space craft.  Will a new president do anything to revive NASA?

Sittin back drinkin beer watchin the world take it's course.


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