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The photograph above is of the Galileo space probe and Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) in the Atlantis payload bay on mission STS-34 in 1989 and getting ready to deploy. Galileo was the second of only two planetary spacecraft ever deployed from a space shuttle, the other being the Magellan [...]
Grand Finale – 135 Shuttle Launches WOOT
To the Shuttle enthusiast this one is a must not miss. There really isn’t much to say, just sit back, watch, and remember.
Beware of goosebumps, nostalgia, and dust in your eyes.
STS-135 Atlantis Plasma Trail from the ISS
Thursday morning the International Space Station (ISS) flew directly over the Kennedy Space Center almost exactly 9 minutes before the final landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-135. This gave the astronauts on-board the BEST seat in the world universe for the historic landing.
As the orbiter decended [...]
1st & last Mission Patches, flanking the Shuttle's own Patch
I wrote this nearly a year ago, as a comment to an article on our sister site Hooniverse. I re-post it here, writing as I watch the last de-orbit burn and landing of the final mission.
I spent the past several years trying [...]
On Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 5:56 AM, the space shuttle Atlantis will have its first chance at landing. If this goes to plan, she will deorbit to Kennedy on her 200th orbit of our blue marble, cross over Central America and the Caribbean, then land at KSC. Sadly, that gives most of North [...]
Yesterday I went and saw the latest, and final, movie in the Harry Potter saga — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I’ve been looking forward to it, even though I knew it was a bittersweet affair. The finale, according to my wife (who actually read the books), was going to be [...]
This morning, 8 July 2011 at a few minutes after 11:35am Atlantis, the final operating Orbital Space Vehicle affectionately known as the Space Shuttle, thundered into space and into the history books.
On this Historic and bittersweet moment, please join us in thanking the entire Space Shuttle program and NASA Family including our very [...]