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    Unhappy End of an era.

    So STS-134 Space Shuttle Endeavour is returning back to Earth as i type this and July 8th see's STS-135 Space Shuttle Atlantis make the last ever NASA shuttle flight before retirement.
    I must say, i do feel a little bit sad that these marvels of space travel will no longer be in use.
    I also believe that they've changed things for the better.

    This also brings back a memory of a lifetime for me.
    During a trip to Florida 2007, we were lucky enough to be there when STS-117 Atlantis was launched and to say it was overwhelming is an understatement !!!
    Even though we were about 7 miles from Kennedy Space Centre, we parked on the edge of the highway that leads into Port Canaveral with the masses that also come to see the event live, but being Americans, they turn out in style ! Big camper vans with seating on the roof and pick ups with huge BBQ's straped to the back and big cool boxes full of ice cold beer ! The atmosphere is electric.
    Everyone tunes the radio to NASA launch control and the last 10 seconds of the countdown being called out by all ...

    "And Lift off " comes the call over the airwaves as a huge cheer erupts.

    Seconds later, you see plumes of smoke followed by an intense yellow glow as the massive engines power the craft skywards.
    A few moments later there's quiet from the crowd as we all wait for the soundwave which when it comes, sounds like a bag of marbles being dropped onto a big drum and listerned to through a drainpipe ! (thats my description of it anyway !)
    A wierd sound but so unforgetable. One that will stay with me for ever as will the image of what has to be the U.S.A's greatest machine.

    Fairwell to the Space Shuttle.

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    Mind you Phil the Space Shuttle was of no earthy use..................
    Sad that it has come to an end though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    Mind you Phil the Space Shuttle was of no earthy use..................
    Sad that it has come to an end though.
    No Ed, but it is outta this world !


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    So whats the next step for space travel then?
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    Something called "The Constellation Programme".
    What this is, i've no idea !


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    Hear it here, STS-117 lift off.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsRuJ37kyZg


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    The US has all but chopped the budget from NASA so Space travel is being outsourced to private companies and the ruskies i believe

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    symbolic of 1980s USA.
    but -- the Challenger & Columbia disasters will forever stay in the mind. Those disasters should never have happened, especially with the amount that was invested on the program. The retirement is very overdue. Shame they haven't had time to develop its successor yet though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazz View Post
    The US has all but chopped the budget from NASA so Space travel is being outsourced to private companies and the ruskies i believe
    They finished 800+ NASA workers from the Kennedy Space centre when we were there last October. I wonder how many of those now work in the theme parks ? BIG fall that must be..!


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    Unfortunately the only way space exploration these days is going to advance is via multiple countries banding together and pooling resources. There is few countries that can afford space exploration, and most of these aren't interested in providing full support.
    We've entered a kind of space tech purgatory as few people are willing to expand on the already old tech. Sad Sad Sad

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