The last Space Shuttle just took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission – crewed by NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson (commander), Doug Hurley (pilot), and mission specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus – will “deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station.”
Along with bringing stuff up for the space station, Atlantis will be bringing the first iPhone into space to help with some experiments during the 12 day mission.
“The mission also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems.” (Link)
Even though the US space program has put a smile on my face for as long as I can remember, I can’t help but reflect on the following …
The United States of America can no longer put a human into earth orbit on our own. Our only option is to pay Russia $63 million for each astronaut to hitch a ride to the ISS. How do you feel about that?
I really can’t think of any time in US history where we once could do something so great as putting a person on the moon or in orbit … and now we can’t.
I think that totally sucks.