Countdown to the close of an era

Posted by Lydia on July 8th, 2011

We’re not ending the journey today … We’re completing a chapter of a journey that will never end … Let’s light this fire one more time” – comments uttered by Commander Ferguson just before the final launch of Shuttle Atlantis. The launch was delayed at the 31 second mark due to last minute verification that the launch pad support equipment had been completely retracted adding suspense to a hurried and limited launch schedule. Atlantis will deliver a year’s supply of necessary items to the ISS as equipment will be transported by the Soviets in a much smaller vehicle for about the next five years. On return, Atlantis will be displayed at Kennedy Space Center.

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Marc said,

Really nice words. I hope it’s not to long before NASA opens up a new chapter.

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