NASA is gearing up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle launch later today at Kennedy Space Center, and administrator Charles Bolden will take centre stage to announce just where the surviving orbiters will finally be put on public display. The festivities kick off at 17:00 GMT (13:00 EDT), and you can catch …
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Twenty years from Gagarin we had the shuttle.
Thirty years from that ... we're retiring the shuttle, with no replacement in sight.
"Columbia was lost in 2003, seven years after the 1986 Challenger disaster."
Or seventeen years in decimal money.
They don't go out with a bang!
Time flies ...
is it really 30 years? I remember managing to persuade our A-level physics teacher to let us watch the launch.
Launch the shuttle on the anniversary of a Russian's first orbit of the Earth, then when the rest of the world says its the anniversary of the first space flight, America can tell itself and all its children "No it's not, it's the anniversary of the shuttle launch".
A launch attempt on 10th April was scrubbed late in the countdown due to a minor computer issue.
For my sins...
I wrote the graphical countdown that BBC News used to illustrate the state of the launch of the first Shuttle. There was nothing in the system at the time that could do that sort of thing; I used a Microtan Tangerine with a 750kHz 6502 chip and 2kB of memory... *big* iron!
The Russians will be the only country able to put people in space, and the kicker is that NASA will be paying $63 million per Soyuz seat. Who "won" the space race, again?
Yeah, my country is a buncha losers.
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