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Final space shuttle mission draws to a close

Posted on Thursday, 21 July, 2011 | Comment icon 18 comments

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The space shuttle Atlantis has successfully touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The crew of four aboard Atlantis lead by Commander Christopher Ferguson have completed a two-week mission to resupply the International Space Station. The event marks the end of the 30 year shuttle program, Atlantis will now go on to join Discovery and Endeavour in retirement.

"After more than 30 years, Nasa's space shuttle programme comes to an end as Atlantis touches down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by primordial on 22 July, 2011, 3:03 Sad day indeed, tho I am very happy that I was in this epoch of space travel n discoveries of Hubble..
Comment icon #10 Posted by Paracelse on 23 July, 2011, 6:43
There is a rumor the ground crew attending to the flight crew will be dressed as Monkeys, well more into Planet of the Apes costumes. That would be hilarious to see.
Comment icon #11 Posted by REBEL on 23 July, 2011, 8:43
From only just over a year ago, May 2010 : I recall hearing this whole speech on radio (ABC via NBC) last year. Obama total commitment to the space program, that included 'manned space flight' more than anything. ''Let me make this extremely and absolutely clear; I am 100% committed to the mission of NASA and it's future...'' *sheeple applause* (@ 12:32). ''And in order to reach the space station, we will work with a growing array of 'private' companies competing to make getting to space easier and more affordable...'' (@ 16:20) lol!&#... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by MID on 23 July, 2011, 17:14
Comment icon #13 Posted by MID on 23 July, 2011, 17:32
Whenever anyone goes political, the whole thread gets infected rapidly. I certainly understand that NASA's state at the moment is largely political, but I have to point out a couple things. Constellation was funded. It's not now. PR gimmicks don't have boilerplates built, successful pad abort tests, and sucessfully test flown Ares 1 boosters (1st stage test flight). Constellation was real, and we had the right NASA Administrator to see it through. I don't want to hear about the poo Obama stepped into, espcially in light of the cespool he created since. He cancelled Constellat... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Lilly on 23 July, 2011, 17:33
And besides, we should be happy...we're going to an asteroid next!
Comment icon #15 Posted by MID on 23 July, 2011, 17:40
Indeed, Lil! And also, for those that don't know, the fantastic Mars Science Laboratory, and the amazing Curiosity rover, launch this November...for Gale Crater on Mars, a massive and stupendously interesting landing site (I sat through the briefing yesterday with my mouth open like a little kid!)... We's going places still!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 25 July, 2011, 14:44
I'm actually surprised NASA hasn't been fully absorbed and then subsequently transformed into a full fledged wing of the US Military by now. NASA brains behind military endeavors...that's just what we need.
Comment icon #17 Posted by MID on 26 July, 2011, 23:30
Yea...just what we need. Why is that? And why are you surprized? Just curious at what's behind your statements. NASA is an Executive Branch agency of the United States Government who's mission it is to " the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research." They don't have any responsibility for national defense or the armed forces. They're plenty busy fulfilling their mission.

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