Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Endeavour

The Space Shuttle Endeavour on its final Mission brings a sense of sadness, and of inevitability because I don't like ends nearly as well as beginnings. As a bit of a science nerd, I enjoyed the shuttle missions and seeing the horizons of mankind expand. It doesn't seem that we're going to be invested in space in the coming years as completely as we were in those preceding.

On Thursday, the two orbiting crews will attach the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the space station. The instrument will seek out invisible dark matter as well as antimatter; whether any of this is found or not, the results will help explain what the universe is made of and how it formed.

It is the 12th and final visit by Endeavour to the space station. After this mission, Endeavour will be de-commissioned and sent to the California Science Center.

Endeavour docked at the Space Station

5 comments:

Euripides said...

This news makes me sad as well, especially since the last Congress and Obama effectively set back manned space exploration 10-20 years.

Opus #6 said...

Obama couldn't wait to gut our exceptional space program. And assign our NASA brainiacs to help muslims feel better about themselves.

LL said...

Opus - Since the official NASA position was that their first mission (per Obama) was to make Muslims feel better about themselves, I can't help but wonder if they do now? I suspect that whatever their feelings were before the Obama goal -- those feelings haven't changed.

Euripides - Obama has been bad for America and the world.

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WoFat said...

I wonder how showing camel drivers that we can go around the Earth and fly to the Moon makes them feel better about themselves? Will we next show them that our ability to take a bath daily, cut our fingernails and drive cars make them really shine?

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