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The shuttle Atlantis rises no more. Or leave it all to the Russians, why don’t we.

Technicians search for possible systems leaks Wednesday, May 26, 2010 after space shuttle Atlantis on STS-132 landed for the last time at Kennedy Space Center after completing its last mission. NASA has two more launches and landings before the space shuttle program retires. (RED HUBER, ORLANDO SENTINEL

“It was the last shuttle flight for all six astronauts on board — mission commander Ken Ham, pilot Dominic “Tony” Antonelli and mission specialists Garrett Reisman, Piers Sellers, Stephen Bowen and Michael Good – though some will likely get trips back to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft or maybe a new generation of U.S. commercial rockets that NASA may hire as space taxis./ May 26, 2010)”


There are two more missions slated but not with Atlantis. Then access to the Space Station will be all up to the Russians or entrepreneurs?  Have I said “stupid” before?  (Yes, I have).

Talk of going to Mars.  Great! I am all for that. But you better have an intermediate station too for any outward exploration. Moon, Mars or otherwise. And leaving the Space Station entirely in the hands of another country – refer to the adjective above.


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