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6 years ago
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Discovery's last ever landing on Earth


Job well done, Discovery and your teams

6 years ago

The end of an era. What talanted and well trained men and women. God bless them all ...   

6 years ago

The final launch...



The STS-133 crew members are Commander Steven Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt, Steve Bowen and Nicole Stott. Bowen replaced astronaut Tim Kopra, who was injured in a bicycle accident in January.

Discovery will deliver and install the Permanent Multipurpose Module, the Express Logistics Carrier 4 and provide critical spare components to the International Space Station. This will be the 35th shuttle mission to the station.

6 years ago


Discovery Heads Home



Some great footate in this one of Discovery undocking and doing a fly around, shots of the space station.  Uhmazing.

This post was modified from its original form on 09 Mar, 15:18
6 years ago

So where are they all going to find jobs and what will they do?

6 years ago

  OH God Mary!  I really LOL on that one!  Brilliant!

6 years ago

GAWD c2 is SO screwed UP!  I click on preview and I'm immediately taken to a totally different page at c2


What type of spacecraft WILLreplace the space shuttle? NASA is designing and testing models of a possible future spacecraft that will not only replace the space shuttle but also take us back to the moon and to Mars. This spacecraft is called the Crew Exploration Vehicle(CEV). To meet the goals of NASA's Vision for Exploration, the CEV will have different models that are like different models of the same automobile. An expendable rocket will launch the CEV, though many components of the CEV will be reusable.


The crew module will be a capsule similar to the one used in the Apollo program. This module will be able to dock with the International Space Station. Other types of CEVs will serve as operation bases on the moon's surface. Still other models might travel to asteroids, Mars, or possibly destinations even farther away.


The CEV designed for Phase ONE will carry astronauts into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). LEO is an orbit in which a spacecraft or satellite orbits close to Earth. This range is between 320 – 800 kilometers (200-500 miles) above the Earth’s surface. Orbiting this close to the Earth requires that the spacecraft travel very fast to resist the pull of Earth's gravity. The CEV will transport a crew of up to six between the Earth's surface and LEO to help scientists prepare to return astronauts to the moon.


Phase TWO will develop CEVs to place people on the moon for at least four days. This phase would have two CEVs leave Earth’s orbit with crews of 2-3 and large amounts of cargo. Much of the cargo will be left on the moon. Lunar samples will be collected and returned to Earth with the astronauts.


Phase THREE would take people to live on the moon for several months to prepare for a future crewed mission to Mars.


Phase FOUR will be a Mars flyby mission. All equipment needed to perform a crewed mission to Mars - without actually landing a person on the Martian surface - will be tested during this phase, which is similar to what happened in preparation for the Apollo 10 mission. The Lunar Module spacecraft, prior to landing a man on the moon, was tested in lunar orbit without actually landing on the lunar surface.

Phase FIVE takes us to Mars, landing a person on Mars sometime after 2030.



Never fear, Lockheed Martin will still bet getting it's millions from the tax payers...


The Orion crew module ground test structure

The Lockheed Martin Orion team at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans inspects the Orion crew module ground test structure prior to shipping. Photo credit: NASA
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6 years ago

THIS is an interesting link that gives a history and details about MIR and the newer ISS space stations

6 years ago
6 years ago

Ohhhh ... what an absolutely beautiful photo. Magnificent!

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