Atlantis Blasts Off on Final Flight for Space Shuttle Program – FoxNews.com

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Atlantis Blasts Off on Final Flight for Space Shuttle Program – FoxNews.com.

Whoa whoa whoa, final???

“It is a sad time,” NASA astronaut Terry Virts said, reflecting on what he called the “passion” of many of his coworkers. “The sad part about it is that we won’t have an American ability to launch astronauts anymore.”

The highly-anticipated flight of Atlantis will be the 135th and last for the US space shuttle program, leaving Russia’s space capsules as the sole option for astronauts heading to and from the International Space Station.”

EDIT: I guess that’s why The Economist’s latest cover was “The end of the Space Age”. It all makes sense.

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