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Count Bobulescu
06-07-2011, 05:06 AM
For the Trekkies here. Last Space Shuttle flight is July 8, weather permitting.
There have been a series pieces in WaPo on the end of the program. Here’s the best of them so far, plus a link to the NASA site. Once the shuttle is up, you’ll be able to follow its progress, and maybe even see it, (clouds willing).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/space-shuttle-advocates-nasa-is-taking-dangerous-direction-with-programs-end/2011/07/02/AGKsoDvH_story.html?hpid=z2

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-nasa/2011/06/09/AGliJgtH_story.html?hpid=z2

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-space-program-approaches-end-of-an-era-what-next/2011/06/29/AGeBAWtH_story.html?hpid=z3

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/as-shuttle-era-ends-questions-loom-for-shrinking-astronaut-corps/2011/06/23/gHQAPwr4xH_story.html?hpid=z4

http://www.nasa.gov/

morticia
06-07-2011, 06:16 AM
End of an era... can't believe they don't really have a replacement. They always seemed so committed and organized re space, back in the 1980s as I was growing up. The space museum in Washington is fab, remember going when I was over there at a conference.

TotalMayhem
06-07-2011, 10:37 AM
It could only happen in the Irish Times...

http://i.imgur.com/EqwG8.jpg

C. Flower
08-07-2011, 05:06 PM
Did it get off the ground ?

http://www.thejournal.ie/end-of-an-era-last-ever-space-shuttle-poised-for-launch-172762-Jul2011/

Baron von Biffo
08-07-2011, 05:13 PM
Did it get off the ground ?

http://www.thejournal.ie/end-of-an-era-last-ever-space-shuttle-poised-for-launch-172762-Jul2011/

Yes.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0708/breaking37.html

Dr. FIVE
08-07-2011, 05:13 PM
Just past over Ireland, only took seventeen minutes to get here.
We could probably get a few on the cheap now to get people to far flung hospitals.

Baron von Biffo
08-07-2011, 05:14 PM
http://www.irishtimes.com/homepage/images/1224300376388.jpg?ts=1310141296

Count Bobulescu
09-07-2011, 08:11 AM
Short analysis of the shuttle program. More to come next week.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/july-dec11/shuttle_07-08.html

Ah Well
21-07-2011, 11:05 AM
Well, Atlantis landed a few minutes ago and that's the Space Shuttle consigned to Museums

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

Count Bobulescu
17-04-2012, 07:46 PM
After 365 days in space and 148 million miles travelled, the space shuttle Discovery made its final flight this morning on the back of a 747 from Cape Canaveral to the Smithsonian “Stephen Udvar-Hazy” Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport outside Washington. Udvar-Hazy donated $20M to establish the Museum. He was the primary competitor to, and major beneficiary of the collapse of, Guinness Peat Aviation. It could have been the Tony Ryan Museum. The 747 did a one hour low and slow flyover of the DC area at 1500 feet and the crowds were out to watch.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/space-shuttle-discovery-wows-washington-in-45-minute-flyover/2012/04/17/gIQAKkgFOT_story.html?hpid=z1

Here’s a growing collection of photos from WaPo 72 at last count, and a two minute vid.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/discovery-heads-to-the-dc-area/2012/04/17/gIQACUXmNT_gallery.html?hpid=z2#photo=1

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/discovery-heads-to-the-dc-area/2012/04/17/gIQACUXmNT_gallery.html?hpid=z2#photo=1)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/space-shuttle-discovery-flies-over-dulles-airport-156/2012/04/17/gIQAgIZ2NT_video.html?hpid=z2