Space shuttles united - a video tribute

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 11:31 in Astronomy & Space

With Atlantis safely home, this Nature video combines footage from all 135 space shuttle missions to create one epic journey"A man's reach should exceed his grasp." Surely nothing better embodies Robert Browning's sentiment than space exploration. Today, an era of human spaceflight came to a close, with wheelstop of STS-135, the final space shuttle mission.  Following the success of Apollo's six journeys to the moon, Nasa's continued exploration of space was to be in a reusable craft that would transport people and kit from Earth, into orbit and back. The Space Transportation System was the official name of the five space shuttles, which clocked up more than half a billion miles ferrying back and forth. The achievements are too many and too impressive to list, but the two most striking are the delivery, repair and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope, and the building of the International Space Station.About 18...

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