Space shuttle: 'We will continue the grand tradition of exploration' | Nasa administrator Charles Bolden

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 10:00 in Astronomy & Space

After Atlantis landed, Nasa administrator Charles Bolden issued this statement about the legacy of the space shuttle and Nasa's continuing ambitions for human spaceflightAt today's final landing of the space shuttle, we had the rare opportunity to witness history. We turned the page on a remarkable era and began the next chapter in our nation's extraordinary story of exploration.The brave astronauts of STS-135 are emblematic of the shuttle program. Skilled professionals from diverse backgrounds who propelled America to continued leadership in space with the shuttle's many successes. It is my great honour today to welcome them home.I salute them and all of the men and women who have flown shuttle missions since the very first launch on April 12, 1981.The shuttle program brought our nation many firsts. Many proud moments, some of which I was privileged to experience myself as a shuttle commander. I was proud to be part of...

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