Space shuttle Atlantis mission specialists Mike Foreman and Robert Satcher will later today step outside the International Space Station for the first of three STS-129 mission spacewalks. Atlantis docked with the ISS yesterday (see pic*) bearing 27,000lb (12,300kg) of cargo that is "essential for the continued operations of the …
Fusion in orbit
"a plasma container unit"
So they're taking a tokamak to the ISS?
Grief, is it so long ago?
I remember seeing a shuttle atop a 747 flying over Warwick (That's the one in Warwickshire, UK for the US folks)*.
That was before STS was launched for the first time, so I guess - oh, 1980-ish? It was the Enterprise, which never flew into space, but was used for 'gliding' tests.
Amazing sight. I'll never forget seeing that, even though I only saw it for 20 seconds or so. You 'Merkans who can go to see the launch - I envy you. Bigtime.
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Enterprise - scroll down to 'Retirement'
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