Tuesday, May 17, 2011

One Last Time

There's lots of symbolism in this picture:
Image credit: NASA

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Thirty-one seconds after launch, all that's visible is Space Shuttle Endeavour's condensation trail disappearing in the cloud layer.

This is Endeavour's last flight. Named after the HMS Endeavour, the ship Captain James Cook sailed around the world in the early 1770s, hers will be the second-last flight of the Shuttle program.

Soon, the shuttle Endeavour will be a museum piece, like her namesake just another part of the history of exploration. With nothing like it being developed, it may be one of the last flights of a space plane in our lifetimes.


One Fly said...

Probably correct on it being the last one in our lifetimes.

Anyone care to bet we'll see more wars in those same lifetimes.

Cujo359 said...

There will certainly be more wars, and there's a good chance we'll be one of the participants. You'd think that, as a species, we have a death wish.