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    US shuttle blasts off on final trip

    It is so disappointing that they are axing what is effectively our entire space program. It might have been okay for them to dissolve the shuttle program if they had another program to replace it with so they don't. However the good news is that we will be sending Americans to Mars by at least 2030, assuming they don't push the date back like they do every few years.

    US space shuttle Endeavour will launch for one last time as NASA space shuttle programme's next-to-last mission. The launch nears the end to the programme's 30-year run.

    President Barack Obama and his family are expected to attend Friday's event. Also attending is the wife of the shuttle commander, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering from a gunshot wound sustained while meeting constituents in January.

    Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from the Kennedy Space Center.

    Read more: US shuttle blasts off on final trip - Americas - Al Jazeera English

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    Re: US shuttle blasts off on final trip

    I don't get it. How are we supposed to build and repair stuff up there?

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    Re: US shuttle blasts off on final trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    I don't get it. How are we supposed to build and repair stuff up there?
    We still have rockets that are capable of carrying a man and the junk he needs while he's up there. It's just not as big as the shuttle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontworrybehappy View Post
    We still have rockets that are capable of carrying a man and the junk he needs while he's up there. It's just not as big as the shuttle.
    And those rockets can return back to earth?

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    Re: US shuttle blasts off on final trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    I don't get it. How are we supposed to build and repair stuff up there?
    Hitch a ride with the Russians until we have a replacement.

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    And those rockets can return back to earth?
    I don't think so. Unlike shuttles, rockets aren't reusable.

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    Re: US shuttle blasts off on final trip

    NASA Postpones Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch

    NASA Postpones Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch - FoxNews.com
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    Re: US shuttle blasts off on final trip

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Hitch a ride with the Russians until we have a replacement.
    Anyone else get the feeling we're not exactly the spearhead of global innovation these days?

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    Re: US shuttle blasts off on final trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Anyone else get the feeling we're not exactly the spearhead of global innovation these days?
    Fitting considering who is at the helm. Dr. Destructo.

    Another feather of American demise in his cap.

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    Re: US shuttle blasts off on final trip

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    Fitting considering who is at the helm. Dr. Destructo.

    Another feather of American demise in his cap.

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    Yes. Because we were building fleets of intergalactic warp-travel spaceships before Obama took over.

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