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Shuttle Atlantis safely makes final landing


Video of the pre-dawn landing at link.


All nationalistic jingoism aside, I'm relieved they've finally retired the little death-traps.

Overly complex is not a substitute for rugged.

Entry #593


Rick GComment by Rick G - July 21, 2011, 9:21 am
I'm relieved they landed safely too. I have misgivings about the safety of space flight during coming months. There is a comet and several named asteroids heading toward the inner solar system at the same time. There may be debris traveling with them. The sun has been active also.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - July 21, 2011, 10:06 am
So has the expense of space exploration improved our way of life?
I would think so.

* CAT scans
* MRIs
* Kidney dialysis machines
* Heart defibrillator technology
* Remote robotic surgery
* Artificial heart pump technology
* Physical therapy machines
* Positron emission tomography
* Microwave receivers used in scans for breast cancer
* Cardiac angiography
* Monitoring neutron activity in the brain
* Cleaning techniques for hospital operating rooms
* Portable x-ray technology for neonatal offices and 3rd world countries
* Freeze-dried food
* Water purification filters
* ATM technology
* Pay at the Pump satellite technology
* Athletic shoe manufacturing technique
* Insulation barriers for autos
* Image-processing software for crash-testing automobiles
* Holographic testing of communications antennas
* Low-noise receivers
* Cordless tools
* A computer language used by businesses such as car repair shops, Kodak, hand-held computers, express mail
* Aerial reconnaissance and Earth resources mapping
* Airport baggage scanners
* Distinction between natural space objects and satellites/warheads/rockets for defense
* Satellite monitors for nuclear detonations
* Hazardous gas sensors
* Precision navigation
* Clock synchronization
* Ballistic missile guidance
* Secure communications
* Study of ozone depletion
* Climate change studies
* Monitoring of Earth-based storms such as hurricanes
* Solar collectors
* Fusion reactors
* Space-age fabrics for divers, swimmers, hazardous material workers, and others
* Teflon-coated fiberglass for roofing material
* Lightweight breathing system used by firefighters
* Atomic oxygen facility for removing unwanted material from 19th century paintings
* FDA-adopted food safety program that has reduced salmonella cases by a factor of 2
* Multispectral imaging methods used to read ancient Roman manuscripts buried by Mt. Vesuvius

sully16Comment by sully16 - July 21, 2011, 12:14 pm
wow, thats an impressive list.
time*treatComment by time*treat - July 21, 2011, 3:59 pm
I think we're better off, as a whole, having the space program, too.
It's still there, just not *this* piece of it. Plenty of unmanned launches still happening.
To parse a phrase from Warren Buffett, we can afford to do anything, but we cannot afford to do *everything*.
Got a few things on the ground that need attention right now.
Comment by CashWinner$ - July 21, 2011, 7:20 pm
No kiddin' about the list sully....I had no idea about all that -

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