The space shuttle astronauts have boarded the space shuttle for it’s 135th and final mission, an end to the 30 year program. The space shuttle will launch at 11:15 eastern time today. Lets remember the accomplishments and the unfortunate times.
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Representatives are stating that there are projected to be over a million people preparing to watch this historic event of the space shuttle launch for it’s final time. But, weather may be an issue. Partly cloudy skies and thunder storms could put a damper on this historic event. If the weather plays too much of a factor, then NASA will delay the launch for Saturday or Sunday July 8th or 9th.
America’s longest space-flying streak ends this week with the smallest crew in decades — three men and a woman who were in high school or college when the first space shuttle soared 30 years ago.
History will remember these final four as bookending an era that began with two pilots who boldly took a shuttle for a two-day spin in 1981 without even a test flight. That adventure blasted space wide open for women, minorities, scientists, schoolteachers, politicians and even a prince.
On Friday aboard Atlantis, this last crew will make NASA’s 135th and final shuttle flight. It will be years before the United States sends its own spacecraft up again.
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The crew of the space shuttle have geared up and are literally making their final pre-launch checks and are preparing for the launch as we speak. Reports from spaceport claims they have already boarded the shuttle and are on their way to making history.
- Commander – Christopher Ferguson
- Co-Pilot – Douglas Hurley
- Co-Pilot – Rex Walheim
- Co-Pilot – Sandra Magnus
The crew of the space shuttle will be delivering parts and supplies, and also spare parts to the International Space station over their 12 day mission. The space shuttle played a vital role in the construction and operation of the orbital outpost.
I remember the time when my mom and dad would wake me up in the morning or evenings to try and find the space shuttle as it was launching. As a kid, I never thought we could see it because it was so far away, but living in South Florida, we could see that thing screaming up into the heavens whether it was in the day or night time. An experience I will never forget.
I do remember the bad times though when I was in 5th grade January 28, 1986 and all the 5th grade classes got together to watch the space shuttle Challenger launch at school. As I walked in, it just launched and remember just seeing a fireball, no one knew what happened and everyone was in shock.
Many people are wondering why the space shuttle program is being put to rest. Could it be financial problems? Or could they have something better in mind for the future of space travel? From the limited information NASA is revealing, it seems that they are planning something big and will be a huge impact of future space exploration.
NASA is ending the shuttle program to concentrate resources on deep-space exploration. The agency is working with several commercial U.S. aerospace companies to develop vehicles to replace the shuttles. Until then, Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft will ferry U.S. astronauts to and from the ISS, while Russian, European and Japanese cargo rockets will continue their resupply and waste disposal missions to the station.
Good Luck Space Shuttle Crew!
Good luck to the final four crew of the space shuttle on this 135th and final mission. Thank you for all the memories and all the history that we are able to share with our friends and family. If you have memories of the space shuttle whether it be good or bad please post a comment below and let us know.