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Space shuttle extended to 2011

Space shuttle extended to 2011

Image: Working on Discovery


Technicians install a main engine on the space shuttle Discovery in NASA’s Orbiter Processing Facility on Wednesday. The engine was removed to give technicians time to replace a suspect turbopump in a different rocket engine, which encountered an issue during torque testing.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 7/1/2010 5:35:20 PM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has confirmed that the space shuttle program will keep going until next year.

The space agency made its final decision on Thursday, after weeks of indications that the program would be extended — including an official request from launch managers last week.

The managers agreed to postpone what is currently the next-to-last shuttle launch until Nov. 1. Discovery had been scheduled to fly to the International Space Station with a load of supplies in September, but NASA said more time was needed to get the payload ready.

The very last mission now has a Feb. 26, 2011, launch date. Tble replacement.

See full article at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38039490/ns/technology_and_science-space/

This report includes information from The Associated Press and msnbc.com.

© 2010 msnbc.com

Stupid Decisions in Higher Places

The Shuttle Atlantis last launch occurred today at Cape Canaveral. Turning manning the Space Station over to Russia? China?  I would sit here and try to find fancy words but stupid says it all.

Go and read Rick’s post at


Quotes from  http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100514/us_nm/us_space_shuttle_16

After Atlantis returns, NASA plans just two more trips to the space station with its shuttles.

“It’s a shame to be seeing it going away, but after 30 years it’s probably time to move on,” said Atlantis astronaut Stephen Bowen.

What will follow the shuttles is not yet known. Former President George W. Bush proposed a return to the moon under a program known as Constellation but shorted its funding. Congress approved the plan, but did not allocate enough money for the $110 billion project.


And then what? Indeed. There is (was?) supposed to be a new design in the making.  But everyone keeps under funding it. NASA is really a very small portion of the budget, but it is one area that pays back for dollars spent, unlike other areas of government spending. Like wars, etc.  )

I will have to go and compile some data on what NASA contributes  to our society (over and above good jobs, that is.)

Stupid, stupid, stupid.