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End of an era: Space shuttle Atlantis launched - Now what?

9 Jul 2011, 04:42 UTC
End of an era: Space shuttle Atlantis launched - Now what?
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I hope you got to watch the launch of Space shuttle Atlantis on its last flight to the ISS.Should be back in 12 days and then an era ends.For the Apollo missions there was a goal to go to the Moon and return safely before the Russians did the same.They had already sent spacecraft there and there was national pride at stake so better do it right.Then the Apollo missions were cut short so that money could be spent on making a shuttle that could make a space station, and carry satellites, and do a bit of everything.That changed over time and missions adjusted after the two shuttle disasters.Now Space shuttle Atlantis will do a belly role for a good look over when it gets to the ISS. Am I still is one piece, no tiles damaged?More cameras have given us a better look too, but never mind, won't need to do that any more.- LRK ---------------------------------------------http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/flyout/index.htmlSpace Shuttle EraNASA's space shuttle fleet began setting records with its first launch on April 12, 1981 and continues to set high marks of achievement and endurance. Starting with Columbia and continuing with Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour, the spacecraft has carried people into ...

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