I don’t care what ur political preference is how could u like a president that shut down NASA’s space shuttle program
First, lets start with the history of the Space Shuttle program and why it was created. In the late 60’s even before we got to the moon, NASA saw how expensive it was to launch and recover the capsules that carried men into space and so they started designing a reusable space vehicle. As the moon missions started getting old, the target was to build a low Earth orbit space station. So while designing the Shuttle, they made sure it would be able to carry large objects and launch them into orbit. First with the MIR Space Station, followed by the current International Space Station(ISS). While the Shuttle Program did some extraordinary things including launching the Huble Space Telescope, and being that major ‘forklift’ in the completion of the ISS. The purpose it was build for are no longer needed. in 2005 Bush first announced that he was going to close the Shuttle Program and open a new door into deep space exploration. Slowly NASA launched the last remaining shuttles into their last flights with Space Shuttle Atlantis being the final Shuttle launch on July 8th, 2011 at 11:29am. I witnessed that last flight, was much as it gave me goose bumps to see that ‘science experiment’ blast off for the last time, I knew NASA has something up their sleeves.
Yes, the Shuttle Program being canceled is sad bc a lot of us grew up seeing those launches on TV or just behind our houses. But with the curiosity of the human race, we want to explore, and the space shuttle limited us as it wasnt designed to leave Earths orbit. We’ve designed new capules to carry us passed the moon into different planets. Like when the Apollo Program ended, we’re currently in the testing phase of making sure the Atlas-V rocket with the Orion Crew Capsule operate effectively to send and bring our Astronauts home safe.
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