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NASA Queues Space Shuttle for Retirement

04-Apr-05 10:12 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Yikes!  Areport on the Discovery website today suggests the space shuttles are going to be retired by 2010, the deadline for completion of the International Space Station (ISS).  One assumes that this means NASA will need another fleet of shuttles to carry payloads to and from the space station, but the next phase of manned spaceflight for NASA involves a return to the moon.  Could they be thinking of landing shuttles on the moon following construction of an appropriate facility?  Or are we talking about going back to old-style rockets to ferry personnel and equipment to space?

Looks as if there might be some interesting times ahead for NASA….the US Congress never seems eager to approve money for space exploration these days.

Categories: Space Exploration
  1. Ross
    10-Apr-05 11:29 pm EDT at 11:29 pm EDT

    Thanks for that update! Awesome place for such info, by the looks of it…RH


  2. Steven
    08-Apr-05 02:52 pm EDT at 02:52 pm EDT

    Actually, NASA long ago announced that they were planning to retire the shuttle fleet in 2010. A new launch vehicle most likely won\’t be ready by then. FLORIDA TODAY, a newspaper that covers Cape Canaveral and NASA, has doen some real in-depth reporting on this topic. You can find it at http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=news02


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