Thousands of former NASA Space Shuttle workers watched as the Space Shuttle Discovery flew to the Virginia Dulles Airport for it's new home at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
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By the time the Smithsonian crew gets the Space Shuttle Discovery up for display on the grounds, thousands of people will be drawn to see it this weekend. Just as the many thousands up and down the east coast watched the flight of Discovery and flying through DC (a rare event) for everyone to see the Shuttle in it's final flight.
When the Shuttle finally landed at the airport grounds, many people couldn't believe it. This really does signal an end to the Space Shuttle program for our nation as well our flights into space.
So what happens now? If there are really 2 years left for our nation to develop a new re-usable rocket to take mankind to the Space Station and beyond, then perhaps it's worth the wait.
To be honest, I don't think many people have that patience to wait and that we should call on our President and Congress to put NASA back to work to develop a new generation of shuttle systems. But if they all refuse?
Then there's the power of the vote this year. Perhaps that is where we should make our votes count for the future of space. There's no better time than now.
Rest well, Space Shuttles and welcome to your new homes. We'll miss the flights.
Till next post, launch on!