Friday, July 22, 2011

‘Shuttle changed the way we view our world

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Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21:
The commander who brought shuttle Atlantis  to a final homecoming Thursday said US space exploration
would carry on, as he lauded the vessel for changing “the way we view the world”.  “After serving the world
for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history, and it has come to a final stop,”commander Chris Ferguson said moments after Atlantis touched down at Space Center, marking an end to Nasa’s shuttle programme.  The ageing shuttle hissed and sputtered and spewed steam as it stood triumphantly on the landing strip, and Ferguson’s voice cracked as he spoke of the legacy of a vessel that has been a central part of American spaceflight over three decades.“The space shuttle has changed the way we view the world, it has
changed the way we view our universe,” he said. “There was a lot of emotion today but one thing is indisputable, America is not going to stop exploring,” he added. “Thank you, Challenger, Discover,
Endeavour, and our ship Atlantis.Thanks for protecting us and bringing this program to such a fitting end. God bless all of you, God bless the United States of America,” the commander said. Nasa’s mission control, too, took a moment to admire the accomplishments of the. “Having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time, its voyage at an end,” a Nasa commentator said as Atlantis rolled to a stop. As the sun rose over Florida, Nasa engineers opened the hatch on the white and black shuttle, helping mission specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, and pilot Doug Hurley step out. Ferguson savored the moment as the last man aboard. “It’s going to be hard,” the commandersaid, before becoming the last astronaut to step out of a working shuttle, “but we’re going to walk off Atlantis.” — AFPShuttle changed the way we view our world’

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