Sunday, July 17, 2011

«Goodbye Future»

I feel like the future has been stolen from me.

Colonizing Space - '70s Style!

Where's my damn space colonies? Flying car? Mr. Fusion?! Nope. Just a retired 30-year-old shuttle program and a cancelled space telescope.

At least the Russians are getting their shit together. Monday they will launch a Cold War era telescope. They still have manned missions to space. Looks like we called "winner" of the Cold War a bit prematurely.

And how's China coming along? Better than the US I'm sure, at least they're trying!1

1: Yes, I mad.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

«Last Shuttle Launch»

Well, here it is. The final shuttle mission. STS-135. Assuming weather permits, it launches today.

Official STS-135 Poster

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I can't help but feel a bit sad. While other generations watched in awe as the first men set foot on the moon, I get to see the end of the shuttle program.

Take a good long look at Atlantis. This image is the final rollout of the final shuttle mission.
Space Shuttle Atlantis on its last rollout
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Yes, the shuttles are aged. Atlantis has been in space 32 times before this final mission. It marks the 166th manned NASA space flight, and the last planned. Since the cancellation of the Constellation program, it looks like it is up to commercial vehicles to continue the future of US-based space flight. While I would love to see the commercialization of space, they're just not ready yet. Until then, we are to rely on the Russians.

EDIT: I'm happy to report that America's final shuttle launch was successful. I was watching it live on NASA's HD livestream on their website.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

«The Derpy Salute»

Happy 4th America!

Derpy Hooves salutes flag

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