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Dr Mordrid
21st July 2011, 06:32
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Planetary Society Statement On the End of the Space Shuttle Program

Source: Planetary SocietyPosted Thursday, July 21, 2011

Today, as the Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down and returned its crew to Earth, the 30-year-long space shuttle program came to its end.

Bill Nye, Executive Director of the Planetary Society, had this to say:

"Mission accomplished! It's been thirty great years for the Space Shuttle program. With this venerable space vehicle retired, it's on to the next adventure.

"The Space Shuttle has taken more than 10,400 tons into orbit, a fantastic legacy, as most of that equipment is still up there helping astronauts do their jobs. But now it's time to move up and on -- outward. We can make new discoveries peering beyond new horizons."

The Planetary Society salutes the men and women - those in space and those on the ground - who made the Shuttle fly. Theirs is a legacy that will be remembered by people through the centuries to come, especially by those who follow the trail they have blazed into space.

Evildead666
21st July 2011, 08:03
The King is dead, Long live the King.

Lets see SpaceX step up to the challenge ;)

Dr Mordrid
21st July 2011, 09:31
Dragon, Dream Chaser, SV and CST-100 - all of 'em.

paulw
21st July 2011, 23:52
Guess they'll have to get all that hidden stuff out of Area 51 to go the next step.. :laugh:

Dr Mordrid
22nd July 2011, 17:44
Time exposure taken from ISS it shows Atlantis starting to re-enther and descend through the atmosphere, glowing plasma cloud surrounding the bird....

Big 4265x2832 version.... (http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/573236main_iss028e018218_full.jpg)

http://nssphoenix.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/atlantis-reentry-from-iss-sm.jpg