Space Shuttle Atlantis

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    Giving everyone a bit of notice- 2 weeks today will be your last chance ever to see a American space shuttle take off marking the end of an era of space exploration. The Atlantis will take off on Friday the 8th July with a crew of 4. Perhaps something for any "budding astronauts" among the children of forum members to say "I remember watching that" many years from now?

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    Here endeth space exploration...for ever.

    The cost of getting a new programme off the ground years hence would be simply be to expensive.
     
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    Until they find oil somewhere on Mars. Expect a program sharpish with a few M1 Abrahams and US Marines on tow, just in case...
     
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    The US already have a new programme under development according to the news last night.
     
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    Maybe they are already there? :eek:
     
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    That always reminds me of the quote by their very own man of words : "God created war so that Americans would learn geography." :rolleyes:
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    Yes but who can remember Neil Armstrong stepping out on to the MOON what a day that was. Iwill never forget that day and as for the shuttle it is,was and always will be a fantastice bit of engernering. I also have had the exserience of seeing the shuttle when it was flowen over Heathrow meany years ago.
     
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    Some great pictures of the astronauts being strapped in. You get a real sense of launch preparation These guys + girl are pretty brave people.
     
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    I hope the whole mission passes uneventfully and all these good people return safely
     
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    ooh I didn't know about alternative 3

    part 1/6 is on youtube

    So far so good, I am still here anyway.

    thanks for that.
     
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    Sorry to be a pedant but one cannot have 2 (or more) alternatives. The word is derived from the latin Altaire meaning choice of two. So one can have an alternative but not more than one such.;)
     
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    According to the Oxford English Dictionary
    So you're a traditionalist, rather than a pedant :)
     
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    Spectacular video of the last space shuttle landing. NASA - Multimedia - Video Gallery Unfortunately it took place at night but there's a great shot about 23 seconds in when the shuttle first hits the landing lights.
     

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