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The Last Shuttle Slips Away

July 19, 2011

Last night around midnight, a Space Shuttle undocked from the International Space Station for the last time.

Here are a couple of screenshots from NASA TV:

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And of course a couple of animated GIFs:

“Space Station, dead ahead!”

I *really* like how this one came out:

In a heartbreaking development, 2.9 year old Taquita Justice has become fascinated with the Space Shuttle. We were listening to the news on NPR in the car, and she yelled out “Daddy! The Space Shuttle! They’re talking about the Space Shuttle.” (At least I can show her the ISS the next time it passes over.)

It’s hard to believe, but I remember listening to one of the first launches of the Space Shuttle (the 3rd, I think), holding a transistor radio to my ear in my elementary schoolyard. And last week I watched the launch of the last shuttle on an iPad with my daughter sitting on my lap. Plus ça change.

I just hope she’ll have a cool space mission to show her kids.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeff permalink
    July 19, 2011 4:46 pm

    Sad we had no passes overhead the whole time here in SF

  2. weekend permalink
    July 22, 2011 1:13 pm

    This is a pretty awesome shot of the shuttle entering earth.

    http://gizmodo.com/5823596/the-first-image-of-the-shuttle-entering-earth-is-simply-unbelievable

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