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February 24, 2011

Discovery on its Last Mission

This is the next step in slowly phasing out the shuttle. Today the Space Shuttle Discovery has been sent to the International Space Station on its final mission. I'm personally glad that it will eventually be converted to a museum. Also interesting is that a humanoid robot is aboard the shuttle and is stated to be the first of its kind in space. I wonder what experiments and data we'll get with that.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110224/ap_on_sc/us_space_shuttle

Posted by merceriv at February 24, 2011 09:54 PM

Comments

I find it kind of puzzling that they're sending a the first humanoid robot in space on the Discovery's last mission. I don't know what sort of data this robot could uncover, but especially if it is the first of its kind, I feel that it has potential for unique discoveries. It seems sad to think that the Discovery's missions will be discontinued right as we could be on the cusp of a new kind of space exploration.

Posted by: hallsar at February 26, 2011 12:31 AM

I had no idea they were planning on converting the Discovery into a museum after it returns home, thats really cool and I'm really glad they've decided to do that considering how much it cost! I also agree with the above comment. Its weird that they've decided to finally send the first humanoid robot into space when it is the Discovery's last mission.

Posted by: schultka at February 26, 2011 02:02 PM

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