Shuttle News: June 2010 Archives

The Last Two ETs

NASA's Last Two Space Shuttle External Tanks Are Being Built at Michoud, Ken Kremer

"The last two Space Shuttle External Tanks (ET's) likely to be produced in history are entering their final closeout assembly operations at the NASA-owned Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans as the shuttle program draws ever closer to its looming retirement date, now reset to early 2011. These two final tanks are destined for the last scheduled flight of the shuttle program - STS 134 - and what's currently base lined as the Launch-On-Need (LON) rescue mission (STS 335), respectively. They are designated as tanks ET-138 and ET-122. STS 134 is currently scheduled to lift off on Feb. 28, 2011."

Shifting The Shuttle

Shuttle Era Extended to early 2011, Ken Kremer

"The Era of NASA's Space Shuttle Program will be extended by a few more months into early 2011, slightly staving off the retirement that had long been scheduled to occur by the end of 2010. Space Shuttle Program managers have submitted a formal new "change request" to move the launch target dates of the final two shuttle flights, STS 133 and STS 134. These next, and so far last, shuttle flights had been scheduled to lift off on Sept. 16 with Discovery and in late November 2010 with Endeavour and will now be retargeted to late October 2010 and late February 2011 respectively."

Statement of Senator John Glenn (ret.) Regarding NASA Manned Space Flight

"These are critical days for the future of Manned Space Flight. Conflicting views and advice come to the President and Congress from every quarter in the aerospace and science communities. There is good reason for the concern.

The U.S. for the first time since the beginning of the Space Age will have no way to launch anyone into space - starting next January.

Our astronauts will have to be launched in Russian spacecraft, from a Russian base in Kazakhstan, to go to ~IJ International Space Station.

Starting at the end of this year, and probably for the next five to ten years, the launches of U.S. astronauts into space will be viewed in classrooms and homes in America only through the courtesy of Russian TV.

For the "world's greatest spacefaring nation," that is hard to accept."

John Glenn to NASA: Keep shuttles flying, MSNBC

"Glenn fears that a failure involving Russia's Soyuz craft, the only ship besides the shuttle capable of bringing astronauts to the space station, would almost certainly result in the abandonment of the station."

John Glenn pushes to keep space shuttle flying. Florida Today

"The cost of continuing the shuttle is really very tiny compared to the $100 billion investment that we've made in the station," said Glenn, who became the first American to orbit Earth in 1962 and then returned to space aboard Discovery in 1998 at age 77."

tates Clamour for Remaining two Shuttles after Atlantis and Endeavour RetireStates Clamour for Remaining two Shuttles after Atlantis and Endeavour Retire, SpaceRef

"There are only three shuttles remaining in NASA's fleet; Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour. When all the Shuttles have been retired we know that Discovery will to go to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. That leaves Atlantis and Endeavour looking for homes. With just two orbiters available, it should come as no surprise that the contest to see who gets a space shuttle for their state has become spirited."

Click on image to download 1.5 MB PDF file from the Space Shuttle Program at JSC.

Space Shuttles, 5d Mark II's and ipads, oh my!,

"An Apple WiFi iPad, a Canon 5d Mark II with a WFT-4e II A, a three-year-old linksys broadband router, a first gen REV. A, a Sprint Aircard and some duct tape ... watch out, Macgruber, you've got nothing on us. And what did all of the above give us? A camera that took wicked awesome photos on an iPad out the window of the Reuters trailer at the Kennedy Space Center and all from the comfort of the Hampton Inn in Titusville, Florida. What's the point? My cohorts Joe Skipper, Pierre Ducharme & Michael Berrigan and I have been running a system of cameras at the space center that allows us to get our images back quickly from cameras stationed around the launch pad. This has been fairly successful, but there is always room for improvement."



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