This month marks the official end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program which over the last three decades served humanity by literally transporting us to the farthest frontiers of space. The Internets is flooded with praises and farewells for these incredible vehicles of human ingenuity and they are one of the proudest achievements of our race. NASA dropped the curtains on the program with the following statement.
After 30 years of spaceflight, more than 130 missions, and numerous science and technology firsts, NASA’s space shuttle fleet will retire and be on display at institutions across the country to inspire the next generation of explorers and engineers.
The space shuttles were objects of incredible technological feat, the impact and elegance of which were never more prominently symbolized than the shuttles’ fiery launches. Here is a wonderful short documentary of what goes on during a shuttle launch and how this celebrated chapter in human history came to be, courtesy of NASA and narrated by Captain Kirk a.k.a William Shatner.
One cannot look at the human experience with regards to Space without being reminded of the words from Carl Sagan. More than his brilliant expertise on this field, Carl Sagan’s passion for space exploration is what is truly revealing from his insightful and inspiring narrations in Cosmos and Pale Blue Dot. And for the occasion, here is Carl Sagan in his own words giving us the true measure of what the Space Shuttle truly is.
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- Tearing down the Space Shuttles: a gallery (theverge.com)