Thursday, July 21, 2011

The End of the Space Shuttle

At 5:57 AM Eastern this morning, about thirty-three minutes before my alarm clock went off, the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed in Florida, officially ending the Shuttle program. This milestone ends an era that began with a prototype named Enterprise and a photo-op by the original cast of Star Trek, dressed like they were on their way to meet John Travolta at a disco:

spaceshuttlecastPictured: Gene Roddenberry and the original cast of Star Trek, minus William Shatner, who must have been off filming Kingdom of the Spiders or something

More than anything, that picture really underscores how old the Space Shuttle is. If you owned a car that old, you’d be able to register it as an antique. And yet, in the early 80s we thought the Shuttle would be around forever.

So, while the end of the Shuttle program means different things to different people, to me it means that at least one piece of this scene from Horizons is now technically impossible:


And to be honest, that makes me kind of sad.


  1. It is a sad day. BTW - nice pic from EPCOT.

  2. My first trip to WDW coincided with a shuttle launch. It was as thrilling to watch as anything in the parks.

  3. At least with one chapter in space exploration has closed down, let's hope that a new one might open. But at least... just at least, there are memories of such a happy event.

  4. You are right - it is sad. I'm disappointed that I didn't go see any of the launches - schedule just didn't shake out the right way. Do you know how they're going to get astronauts to and from the ISS now? Just curious...

  5. They're going to pay the Russians to ferry people to the ISS on the Soyuz, I believe.


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