Space Shuttle Docks at Space Station

Space Shuttle Docks at Space Station

 (Artist’s concept)

The geriatric space shuttle Atlantis wheezed into the International Space Station without calling for a tow. This is a considerable achievement for a 1985 vehicle, but it can be done if you sink enough money into it and forget about developing improved models. After all, new alternatives might not benefit the status quo, and we can’t have that.

This last mission of the Space Shuttle Era delivered tons of cutting-edge high-tech items to the International space Station: food, clothing, and spare parts. The shuttle also ferried the Italian-built Raffaello module, loaded with supplies and equipment, including 2,677 pounds (1214 kilograms) of pasta, cheese, and prosciutto di parma. Atlantis also transported several Science Fair projects so bored space station residents can have wholesome spare-time activities.

NASA’s Man In Space Program has been vital to proving that, given enough money, you can … well, put men into space. It has been a vital spark to the American Imagination, inspiring the nation’s young people to imagine that it has produced anything of scientific value.

Well done, Atlantis.

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One Response to “Space Shuttle Docks at Space Station”

  1. Mike Licht Says:

    UPDATE:

    The price of the Space Shuttle program is $100 billion … or maybe $200 billion ….

    “Wall St. Journal: It’s not easy to find shuttle price tag. It’s $200b, at least.” Charlie Petit, Knight Science Journalism Tracker

    “America’s Space Shuttles Were Doomed To Fail,” Jerôme Fenoglio, Le Monde, via Worldcrunch

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