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Updated: 10:09 AM Jul 8, 2011
NASA's Last Space Shuttle Blasts into History
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)
Atlantis has blasted off on NASA's last space shuttle launch. The historic liftoff occurred Friday morning, 30 years and three months after the very first shuttle flight.
Posted: 8:39 AM Jul 8, 2011
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  • by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    Right you are. The first module was launched by Russia and they are planning for the next module to be launched next year. They are then planning for it to be used as part of their next space station which will be used for exploring the Moon and Mars. (At least they have a plan) Sorry to get you worked up but its a known fact that a vast majority of the ISS was constructed to its current state largely by the US and using our Space Shuttle. (11 modules delivered by the US shuttles vs 4 by Russia) I'd say we have a much larger vested interest in the ISS but thanks to our glorious present and past politicians plus NASA Administrators who don't have a clue, we have to hitch a ride with the Russians to our station (The collective "Our" if it makes you happy, B). Inexcusable.
  • by Lynn on Jul 9, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    JT,

    "We" (the USA) did not build the space station. It is an INTERNATIONAL space station, which began with Russians, was initially launched by Russians, with the final module (expected to be launched next year) Russian.

    I think it only appropriate for the Newsplex, if not commenters themselves, to take some responsibility for statements presented as FACTS, to be TRUTHFUL, or at least immediately noted with corrections.

    Thank you.
  • by JT on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    So where do we go from here? At least back in the old days they had another rocket they were evolving toward. I think NASA is a microcosm of the country itself. We have gotten so used to farming out our "menial" work, we'll be relying on the Russians to hitch a ride to the that station we built. Sad that a deparrtment that brought us so many accomplishments over the years is just meandering along. Same can be said for our country in general. Its time for some real leadership at NASA and the our government as a whole.
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