Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Time of Mixed Emotions at Kennedy Space Center

Discovery landed last week ending not only a 13-day mission, but a 27-year spaceflight career. Preparations are now in work to retire the orbiter which will eventually be placed on public display in a museum.

Endeavour now sits on the launch pad awaiting a launch for April 19. On Monday, an accident involving in the death of James D. Vanover occured from the launch pad during preparations of Endeavour. The incident is being investigated it was a very sad day at Kennedy Space Center. This will be the final mission for Endeavour and it has been confirmed that the commander will still be Mark Kelly, husband of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

1 comment:

heroineworshipper said...

Big coincidence, as Discovery lands & US assumes the position behind China as the world's 2nd largest manufacturer.

Soon US will be the world's 2nd largest economy overall & that will be a bigger change. We won't be able to afford the world's largest space vehicles or be the default destination for engineering. Many of us will move to Hong Kong & Beijing to further our aerospace careers. US will have to barter for more payloads of opportunity on foreign vehicles & accept foreign idealogies like Europe & Canadia always have.

China does not have universal healthcare & subsidized mortgages. That's going to be a tough concept for Americans to support.