The space shuttle: Into the sunset

The final launch of the space shuttle brings to an end the dreams of the Apollo era

If the weather holds and there are no unforeseen complications, then early in the morning on July 8th a woman and three men will ascend the launch tower at Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre, strap themselves into Atlantis, the last operational space shuttle, and, as the engines ignite, wait for the countdown to reach zero. Burning thousands of litres of rocket fuel every second and blasting superheated gas into the water-filled trench beneath the pad, the ... Full Story »

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by Randy Morrow - Jul. 3, 2011

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A look back at the “space program” with an emphasis on the shuttle. The conclusion is that the end of the shuttle in many ways is and end (of at least a major period) of the US space program with other nations (China, India, Russia) assuming the lead. Interestingly it makes no mention of Dick Rutan’s company (Scaled Composites) and their reusable space craft program.

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