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The Space Shuttle program starts it’s shutdown……

Ah, I’m not happy……

Not at all…….This is wrong….

The Sierra Nevada people need to kick their program into HIGH…..

The shuttle Atlantis is poised for its final scheduled mission—the delivery of a compact Russian docking and laboratory module to the International Space Station.

Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center is set for May 14 at 2:20 p.m. EDT initiating a 12-day flight.

The spacecraft’s six-man crew has trained to deliver Rassvet, or “Dawn,” a 23-ft.-long compartment that will open a fourth docking port on the orbiting lab for the Russian Soyuz and Progress capsules that will continue to come and go long after Atlantis, then orbiters Discovery and finally Endeavour, complete their final flights by year-end.

During three spacewalks, the crew also will overhaul the station’s oldest solar-power module with new storage batteries and install a backup high-data-rate communications antenna. Other supplies delivered by Atlantis and upgrades planned by the astronauts will prepare the orbital outpost for operations well beyond the shuttle’s retirement.

“It’s a soul-searching moment right now,” says astronaut Ken Ham, the U.S. Navy captain who will command the 25-year-old winged orbiter on its 32nd space voyage.

In a harbinger of things to come as the program winds down, last week shuttle contractors shed 800 workers from hardware production, launch and landing support, as well as the spare parts depot, shrinking the national shuttle workforce to 10,700, according to John Shannon, NASA shuttle program manager.

Once Atlantis returns to Earth, only two scheduled missions remain, both of them still angling to pin down their departure dates. Discovery is tentatively slated to lift off on Sept. 16 on an eight-day flight to the ISS that will deliver an Italian Multi-Purpose Logistics Module upgraded as a permanent supply compartment. Endeavour, recently bumped to a tentative Nov. 27 launch date from late July, will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, an external observatory with 16 national sponsors for the study of cosmic rays and space particles……


May 13, 2010 - Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Space, Updates, Women | ,


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  2. Still something to be said about government sponosored space flight. Sad day…

    Comment by BenjaminDOG | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. Yea well it’s going…going….going……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 13, 2010 | Reply

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