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Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches On Final Flight 275

Space Shuttle Atlantis has just launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. STS-135 marks the final flight for the shuttle program, 30 years after Columbia touched the sky during STS-1. The mission summary (PDF) outlines STS-135's crew and event timeline. NASA's launch blog has been following the countdown all morning, and our own CmdrTaco has been tweeting live from on-site. NASA TV is also being streamed live. Meteorological reports for the launch looked doubtful at first, but a gap in the bad weather at just the right time allowed everything to proceed as planned. Atlantis successfully reached its preliminary orbit in what a NASA official called a "flawless" launch.
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Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches On Final Flight

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  • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Friday July 08, 2011 @01:02PM (#36696746) Homepage

    I hope the Russians can keep the ISS up on their own. As soon as Atlantis pulls away from it to return to Earth, the betting pool opens.

    You now, If somebody at NASA had some big balls this could work to it's advantage.

    Congresscritter: "We're shutting off funding for the ISS, the James Web Telescope and further research on Tang - we don't have the money."

    Guido from NASA: "That's a nice city you have there. Shame for something to happen to it. You know, those reentry calculations are really quite difficult and it's easy to mess up the numbers. Better if we had enough money to ensure that sort of thing could never, ever happen."

    Unfortunately, the next statement from the politician would be something along the line of "look, a pony!" - I doubt they would even begin to understand the concept. But it's a pleasant enough thought.

    It would be fun to be part of the Space Enforcers....

Loose bits sink chips.