I remember watching the very first NASA Space Shuttle launch on television back in April 1981. I was almost seven years old. Today marked the final flight of the shuttles. It’s sad to see this magnificent, but flawed, vehicle retire, especially when the US has no replacement.
It felt funny visiting the Powerhouse Museum last Sunday and seeing the mock Shuttle cockpit standing over the other displays of space paraphernalia, knowing that Atlantis was up above the Earth on its final mission.
I hope we never stop gazing upwards.
|The launch of Columbia on the very first shuttle mission © NASA|
|Atlantis lands on the last mission © NASA|
|Atlantis on its final mission as seen from the
CSIRO Parkes Radiotelescope
© John Sarkissian/CSIRO