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This just in:

The Nebula Awards Weekend will be streaming live over the internet here. This year's Hugo Awards also did this, and it was cool to watch the news as it happened.

Speaking of events at the The Nebula Awards Weekend, in about two hours, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will fly its last mission.

Click the image to see the story.

Wish I could have been there. The Shuttle has defined the Space Age - at least the manned part of it - for an entire generation, but there are only a few Shuttle launches left. *sniff*



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May. 14th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm still not convinced of the utility of axing the current shuttles, especially in light of the spending freeze that has halted their replacement.
May. 14th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
I hear you. It would be a different story if the replacement were ready to fly - even if we were facing a delay of a few months. But this smells vaguely like the first step in a plan to axe the manned space program completely....
May. 14th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say "vaguely."

I've always been inspired by the space program and the potential to visit space and other worlds. As long as I can remember I've wondered about space and space exploration, and it's just kind of sad to see this era end.
May. 14th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
it's just kind of sad to see this era end.

As far the U.S.A. is concerned, anyway. Russia, India, China, and other countries are still invested.
May. 14th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
This is true. I suppose the demise of the American shuttle might actually foster innovation; we'll be leasing payload capacity from the Russians (if I'm not mistaken), and this could be an impetus for the nascent space programs of China and India to, ahem, "take off."
May. 14th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Not to mention give extra incentive to privately funded space research here in the States. The decision to cut this funding might be a poor choice to our eyes, but it might not be all bad.
May. 14th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think this is the Obama administration's plan: Go without out own manned launch systems for a while to see if the private corp's pick up. Viola! No need for more NASA-developed vehicles.

I have mixed feelings on this.
May. 14th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised your feelings are mixed. I think it's pretty shitty all the way around. Even if good does come of it, that doesn't mean it was a good move.

It's like "We've outsourced so many other of our technical jobs, and our population is getting stupider by the moment, so let's outsource space exploration, too!"
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