Posts Tagged ‘space shuttle’

Space Shuttle’s Last Landing

July 21, 2011

Space Shuttle's Last Landing

Just before dawn today, U.S. astronauts folded their tray tables and returned their seats to an upright position as the Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down on Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center. After five decades, our long National Space Stunt is over. Designed by Dr. Evel Knievel, the U.S. manned space effort sent humans into the cold void of space to definitively prove  … um, that humans could go into space. Perhaps NASA will actually devote some of its funds to science now.

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Space Shuttle Docks at Space Station

July 11, 2011

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.

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1985 Vehicle Takes One More Trip

July 8, 2011

1985 Vehicle Takes One More Trip

The 1985-model Space Shuttle Atlantis (OV-104) rolled out of Florida today, headed for the International Space Station. When the spacecraft returns to Cape Canaveral, NASA will put it up on blocks in the Kennedy Space Center front yard. Some people are upset that Atlantis is being retired, since it only has 120 million miles on the odometer.

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Image (“1985 Models: Chrysler 5th Avenue and Space Shuttle Atlantis”) by Mike Licht (Atlantis is the junker on the top). Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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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.

Related:

“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?”

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Back in the Shop

April 29, 2011

Space Shuttle Back in the Shop

To the disappointment of First Space Fan Barack Obama, NASA scrubbed the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour Friday afternoon. The 20-year-old spacecraft has some sort of electrical malfunction in the two heaters in auxiliary power unit 1. Or maybe it’s the carburetor.

The Endeavour was kind of jalopy to begin with, anyway. It was cobbled together out of spare parts from the 1984-model Discovery and 1985 Atlantis space shuttles.

 

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