Thursday, July 21, 2011

Atlantis Returns: The End of a Great Era

I wonder, is this how space exploration aficionados felt after Apollo 17 (1972) or the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (1975) missions, when there was a lull in our manned efforts until the shuttle finally flew (1981)?  (I am not ignoring Skylab, but Apollo 17 ended the manned trips to the moon, while Skylab continued the string of our Earth-orbital missions, then Apollo-Soyuz ended them.) Welcome home, Atlantis!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Gordon,

    Today is a sad day: witnessing the last flight of the space shuttle. I hope and believe we'll return to manned space flight in the coming years, but we're definitely headed into a slump. I would hate to look back twenty years from now and remember the space shuttle as the highpoint of the American space program.

    Thank you for posting this,