Quick Note: NASA's Remaining Space Shuttles Stripped, Prepared for Final Resting Places
March 29, 2012 2:45 PM
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America's mighty space fleet is sent into retirement
As a self-described space nut, it's with great sadness that I look upon these images of the remaining members of the Space Shuttle fleet being picked apart and readied for their new homes in museums.
has posted 35 breathtaking pictures of Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.
Discovery will find a new home in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum while Endeavour will make its way to the California Space Center. Atlantis will be sent to the Kennedy Space Center.
The first orbital mission of the Space Shuttle fleet kicked off with Columbia on April 12, 1981. Space Shuttle Atlantis
made its final flight into space
on July 8, 2011 and
landed safely on July 21, 2011
. In total, there were 135 missions and two tragic accidents (first with Challenger in 1986 resulting in the loss of its crew, and later with the Columbia and its crew in 2003).
For now, you can
hop on over to
to see the best that America had to offer in the modern era of space travel:
Shuttle Endeavour (L) and Shutte Discovery (R) [Source: The Atlantic]
For those that still wish to reach beyond Earth's orbit, we can still look forward to NASA's
Space Launch System
(SLS) which will eventually take astronauts to Mars.
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RE: NASA & SpaceX
3/29/2012 7:50:13 PM
That's not entirely accurate. The foam worked for decades failure free and without incident to the Shuttle. What changed? Because of Bill Clinton and the radical Left's war on Freon by the EPA, NASA was forced to switch to a non-Freon based foam. A foam that was much worst in every way, and dangerous to the craft, and ultimately lead to a disaster and two other Shuttle flights being damaged by the foam. Which could also have been disastrous if not caught and repaired.
Radical environmentalist idiocy directly murdered an entire Shuttle crew representing billions of dollars worth of US taxpayer property. The ultimate cost of this disaster was priceless. Lives can't be replaced.
The potential damage to the ozone from freaking aerosol foam being used a few times a year? So small as to be immeasurable. Sure, maybe NASA could have stood up to their regulatory overlords and said "Screw you this foam sucks, we can't work with it, we're using the old stuff". But seeing as that's who directly funds them....yeeeeah, good luck with that.
Liberalism kills everything good in this world. Even the Space Shuttle and manned flight.
RE: NASA & SpaceX
3/29/2012 8:25:01 PM
Reclaimer, you really are a super loony.
Calling Clinton "radical left" is ludicrous enough in of itself (he's anything but, really - no mainstream US politicians are), but criticizing "the war" (lol wut?) on freon, which is a known and well documented environmental hazard of huge proportions... Jebus what have you been smoking, man?
RE: NASA & SpaceX
3/30/2012 12:09:15 PM
Let's have some common sense here please. You're talking about a rocket craft which puts millions of metric tons of pollutants directly into the atmosphere, and you're concerned about the aerosols used in the foam that seals the fuel tank for that rocket? Also weigh that against the human lives lost DIRECTLY from making that decision. And you ask what I'm smoking?
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