Jul 26, 2011

Space Shuttle Tribute

shuttle landing at sunset
Below is a summary of the program, followed by an outstanding 8-minute look at all 135 missions.  It brought tears to my eyes.  Well Done NASA.  (Source)

Now that Atlantis has safely returned to Earth and the 30-year space shuttle program has drawn to a close, it's time to look back at the reign of Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour and the tragically shortened careers of Challenger andColumbia. Since 1981 NASA has launched 135 shuttle missions, reaching destinations such as the Mir space station, the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

In those three decades the shuttle has had its triumphs—fixing the initially flawed Hubble, for one—and its tragedies. Below is a video tribute to the space shuttle, prepared by our colleagues at Nature, which touches on all those highs and lows. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.) The tribute features footage from every shuttle flight, including the STS 135 mission that concluded this morning, and features a good number of the 355 individuals who flew on the shuttles.


  1. ... I do think that collectively we take NASA and the space program for granted... the Shuttle will be missed...

  2. I will miss the Shuttle. I was disappointed we did not have a replacement vehicle, but maybe it is time for the private enterprise try.
    Great tribute, to fine vehicles and some truly great folk.
    From NC,
    Sherry & jack

  3. I'll miss the program, but I'm hoping in the future we will build a more robust space exploration program, one that is populated by scientists and explorers from around the globe.


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