Mon, Jul 18, 2011
Is it really all about to be over and done with? It was just
over 30 years ago that saw a much younger, leaner and far less grey
Jim Campbell in attendance for the maiden flight of the Space
Shuttle. Now, three decades later, its hard to believe that our
final sight of the lift-off of Atlantis is the last we will ever
envision of such a magnificent rocket powered flying machine.
With the International Space Station flying 220 miles high and
east of Christchurch, New Zealand, Atlantis left Launch Pad 39A at
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1129 EDT, July 8th. There
was a slight delay at T-31 seconds while retraction of the Gaseous
Oxygen Vent Arm, or "Beanie Cap," was verified.
"We're really looking forward to a great mission. This is a very
critical mission for station resupply. We're going to do our best
to try and stretch out an extra day," said Space Shuttle Program
Launch Integration Manager and chairman of the pre-mission Mission
Management Team Mike Moses.
"I think the shuttle program is ending exactly as it should.
We've built the International Space Station, we're stocking it up
for the future, and ready to hand it off, and we finish really,
Come join ANN's Jim Campbell for a few remarks in honor of an
unparalleled achievement... the very American Space Shuttle
and a few of the sights and sounds that made the last launch
of Atlantis so memorable.
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