Saturday, July 23, 2011

the shuttles have landed

older generations saw the first humans launch into space and land on the moon. the shuttles have been a solid fixture in my life, all their successes and their incredible challenges.

no matter what difficult decisions the US space program must make over the next several years in light of financial decreases, we should all sit back and appreciate with awe just how much NASA has accomplished over the last several decades with a relatively small investment. they have inspired people all over the world and made space exploration seem like a normal facet of human existence.

truly awesome in the true sense of the word.

there are more photos of the shuttle program available at the big picture.

i'll leave you with this lovely nature video. as sarah suggests, switch to full screen, sit back and enjoy!


skywatcher88 said...

Hello Amanda
I have followed the Space program since I was a young boy and have watched the First shuttle liftoff on TV with my oldest son when he was only 1-1/2 and recently almost saw Endeavor Launch in April this year with my youngest son at KSC.I will miss following the Shuttle program but hopefully NASA will continue ever forward to the next steps to get us off this Planet and landing on another.
The pic of Atlantis reentering the atmosphere is a one of a kind event we will never see again!
It is really remarkable of what NASA has done these past 30 years!
Many thanks to all the people involved in the quest for SPACE!
Peace and Clear Skies!

heroineworshipper said...

Suspect the space age is mostly over. The JWST was hardly anything & it still got axed. We're a lot more concerned with what feudalists were concerned about than what hippies were concerned about.