Schedule updates here:
Well, in theory at least, this afternoon in Florida the shuttle will launch. I’d thought this was the last one, but the schedule now shows a June launch as well:
Date: June 28 +
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center – Launch Pad 39A
Launch Time: 3:40 p.m. EDT
Description: Space shuttle Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station. Atlantis also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module.
While I’d intended to “give it another try”, the family medical issue has me spending the day in the hospital lobby instead. Oh Well… (OTOH, I’m learning about some neat kidney stone busting laser tech…)
I’d been a bit bummed about missing the “last launch”, now I’m not so sure just which IS the last launch. But, just as a sidebar about killing off our manned launch vehicle programs:
Nixon was the last president to kill a major space program ( he scuttled the last Apollo shots. The ones with the most science content). He has also been called (by “liberals” no less) the “Last progressive President”.
– in some ways the continuity of many of Nixon’s policies with those of the Kennedy-Johnson years is more remarkable than the differences. Pointing at this continuity, Noam Chomsky has called Nixon, “in many respects the last liberal president.”
Now Obama joins him in history as someone who believes in burning the fleet and concentrating on “domestic issues”.
Never has been a bright idea. Never will be a bright idea. Didn’t work out well for China hundreds of years ago. Nixon didn’t turn out so good either. Obama now joins the club… (he scratched funding for the next launch vehicle program after the shuttles).
At any rate, it looks like I may have one more shot to try for…