Tonight will be NASA's bitter sweet night.
Tonight two things will be happening at the NASA's launch site. Space Shuttle Atlantis will be rolling out from the assembly building and on it's way to the launch pad for a July 8th, 2011 and it's final launch.
Meanwhile, Endeavour will be making it's final landing at 2:36am down to the Kennedy Space Center for it's final wheel stop. Once the wheels stop rolling, Endeavour will go into a decommission mode.
For the people who worked in the Shuttle Assembly building, they have put in hard work of putting the space shuttle Atlantis together for it's final flight. Once it leaves the assembly building, most of NASA's shuttle jobs are almost over. Save for the launch and ground crews.
For our nation, I do question WHY we must retire the shuttles. We should be building new ones so that the next generation can be able to do things in space. I just want to know WHY they must be retired.
Isn't easy to improve and build a new shuttle? That is our question.
When you look up in the night sky some night and see the ISS (International Space Station) being 100 percent complete, think of it as our nation's greatest achievement that we have given the world of a special science place that anyone can dream of working there.
When Endeavour lands and stops, all eyes will turn to Atlantis and our President may make a speech before launch.
But you know, I will want to hear many 2012 Presidential candidates to say what they will do for NASA if they became President. I want to hear HOW we will get our own set of people to ISS. I want to hear a new generation of shuttles being built. The question must be asked to all candidates for President. Don't bother Obama. Obama doesn't really care of our nation's space future.
Safe flight home, Endeavour! May be a soft landing. Atlantis, stand proud. You shall be our prize celebration of all celebrations this July. May your flight, Atlantis, be the brightest of all flights of all time.
till next post, I'll clue you in later.
Update: Here's the video of the nighttime landing. What a sight! Link: http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/06/01/nasa.endeavour.lands/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Enjoy and welcome home to retirement Endeavour.