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NASA does all kinds of stuff. They build space robots. They send up satellites. They study the oceans.
But come on - who're we kidding? When most people think of NASA, they think of manned space flight. The space shuttle.
But after 30 years, and 135 flights, NASA has decided to close down the space shuttle program.
The Shuttle is an amazing machine. It takes off like a rocket, but lands like a plane, so it's re-usable. It's had some spectacular successes. It carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, letting us see millions of times farther into space than we ever could before.
Sorry! I just noticed the other thread. I should always have my coffee before posting ;-X
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Re: End of a lengthy Era-Shuttle program shuts down
40 year old tech, its almost certainly time to retire it. Its also almost certainly time to roll out something better; but that costs money and there's no instant gratification and this generation is simply too obsessed with driving taxes down to zero. Hopefully when all the grade school kids of today grow up their priorities will be different and we can go back to expanding our understanding of what's out there.