Posts Tagged ‘space shuttle Endeavour’

Space Shuttle Lands

June 1, 2011

Space Shuttle Lands

The space shuttle Endeavour landed in Florida early this morning. The 20-year-old space heap was cobbled together out of spare parts from the 1984-model Discovery and 1985 Atlantis shuttles. Endeavour’s next trip? It’s going to a museum.

So is another spacecraft. George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic Mothership is  headed to the Smithsonian. Not the original 1976 stage prop — it went to a junkyard in Maryland — but a mid-Nineties version. That’s right, Endeavour is about the same age as the Mothership.

Space shuttle Atlantis is even older.  First launched in 1985. it will fly again on NASA’s last space shuttle mission in July.


“Spaceport Opens for Tours,” Monica Drake, New York Times

“Australians create ‘space beer’ for intergalactic tourists,” The Telegraph

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Squid In Space!

May 16, 2011

Squid in Space!

When NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour blasts off on mission STS-134 it will carry several non-human passengers. They are cephalopods, squid.

Calamari for cosmonauts? No.  This is part of a controlled experiment that will finally answer the vital scientific question “Hey, what would happen if we launched some squid into Outer Space?”