KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (CNN) – As many as 700,000 people, including the first family, were hoping to watch space shuttle Endeavour lift off at 3:47 p.m. for its final space flight. Any excitement was mixed with disappointment when news spread that the launch had been postponed.
President Obama was wrapping up his visit in Alabama, surveying tornado damage, when NASA tweeted that the launch was scrubbed “because of an issue with Auxiliary Power Unit 1 heaters.”
It was not until Obama got on Air Force One that the press found out the president and his family would still visit Kennedy Space Center despite the scrubbed launch.
At the moment it is unclear whether the president and family will attend the rescheduled launch, which is expected to take place in 72 hours.
The first family arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and rode on Marine One to the Kennedy Space Center. They toured the Orbiter Processing Facility, where the space shuttle Atlantis is being prepared for its final launch in June, and the Launch Control Center.
President Obama was greeted by shuttle commander Mark Kelly whose wife, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, survived an assassination attempt in January and was also in town for the launch. "I bet you were hoping to see a rocket launch today," Kelly said to Obama, who replied, "We were hoping to see you." Kelly updated the president and first lady on Giffords' condition and then they visited with her for about 1o minutes, before meeting in another room with all six Endeavour astronauts.
To date, only one president has attended a shuttle launch. President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton witnessed the Discovery shuttle takeoff in October 1998.
President Obama last visited the Kennedy Space Center in April 2010, where he outlined what the White House called a “bold strategy for human spaceflight,” which includes relying more on the private sector than government funding. The administration has been criticized for canceling NASA’s Constellation human spaceflight program.
“Nobody is more committed to manned space flight, to human exploration of space than I am," said Obama in April 2010. “But we’ve got to do it in a smart way, and we can’t just keep on doing the same old things that we’ve been doing and thinking that somehow is going to get us to where we want to go.”
When Endeavour completes its final mission, according to NASA, the shuttle will have traveled more than 100 million miles during 25 flights and spent more than 294 days in space.
Commander Kelly will oversee the two-week mission, during which the crew is expected to make four spacewalks and deliver supplies, spare parts and a $2 billion particle physics detector to the International Space Station.
The President is a forgiving man. There is no way I'd be gracious to them given the games they've played. The republicans in many southern states ( Texas, Lousisana, Mississippi, Alabama) talk a lot of trash about "Big Government", Government Takeovers, States Rights, Secession From the Union, and Welfare / Entitlement.
How much do you want to bet these states have their hands out for Federal assistance [ i.e. TAXPAYER DOLLARS] in the wake of wildfires fires, tornadoes, flooding rivers etc. These states extract FAR MORE MONEY than they pay in. They are in NO MORAL position to deride others about anything.
Too bad, journalists don't have the knowledge or the balls to challenge Jindal, Perry, Barbour, etc., when they get on their "holier-than-thou" soap boxes.
The question should be why with the cancellation of the launch did he find it necessary to waste the money on the trip.
Perry didn't ask for money he wanted to know where the help was. knowing Obama like does he knows therre will be none coming to this Republican state. And we will drown him again in 2012. I for one wish to Hades he would sign us back to the Republic of Texas. We don't have to secede. It is writtne in the circumstances of us becoming a state that we coud retain the option of returning to a Republic. And it is high time we do. WQe can and will take care of ourselves.
Perry is a coward. He keeps dropping hints that Texas should follow the example of the Confederate states, then whines about how the United States has failed to bale out Texas, again. Why can't Texas take care of it's own problems for once? The Republican party has made it perfectly clear they don't believe that any American should be concerned with the health or welfare of a neighbor.
Go ahead and secede get out and. Start you're own country and good riddence.
You are a complete fool. Do you even know what is happening to NASA and why this is the last launch. If you don't then give thanks to your savior for it is he who has killed the program just as he intends to kill the 2nd amendment. I will tell him it will be one Hades of a fight before he gets my weapons. He's not army enough to get them. The reason the brainless one is doing what he's doing is because his boss Soros has told him what to do realizing the brain that Obama does not have.
That's right no more handouts for the south.
Actually, George W. Bush cancelled the space shuttle program in his "Vision for Space Exploration" speech, given in January, 2004.
johnspaul, yes, Bush scheduled the cancellation of the shuttle program... to coincide with its replacement. Which Obama cancelled. Obama, not Bush, cancelled the entire planned future of U.S. manned spaceflight.
SEBASTIAN: Thank you for reading and understanding exactly what's going on with these so-called Republicans. A lot of people put blinders on and listen and believe everything Republicans tell them while they are lying through their teeth but that's what they do best.
Oh, why must you people make everything political? Any President would make that trip no matter what his political party. He is the head of state, and formost a politician. If you think both parties haven't lied your beyond help.
I totally agree. No big government unless it benefits them.
FORGIVING?? DO you have any idea how many jobs have been lost down here? Thousands out of work and home values in the toilet. He's the one who should be asking for forgiveness. Try making ends meet on the Space Coast before you criticize. And no, before you ask, I am not on any kind of assistance.
It appears you have no knowledge of the month to month unemployment numbers. When Bush finished his term, America was losing 800,000 jobs a month. By way of contrast, we have gained private sector jobs every month for 18 months. So perhaps you own President Obama an apology.
Please show me where you got your data. It certainly doesn't match what I see here. To be fair, I searched from 2000 to the present. I see a huge jump starting in 2008. I will admit, this was before Obama was sworn in. I don't see him helping, though.
sorry – here is the link I am referring to – http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/unemployment-rate
That was menschie of Barack to stop there
This was a traversirty for Obama to stop here. Mister do nothing only stopped for a walk through campaigning. The Southerrn States can expect no help from this idiot. First place he has already spent all the money he can. He is wanting his hands on more money to help his people.
That was menschie of Barack to stop by there
You two are truly nazis. But, unlike the real nazis, you also are very very stupid. Instead of feeling compassion for fellow Americans, you deride their beliefs. Emergency response is a legitimate federal function. The ones Republicans are campaigning against are the excessive ones.. Besides, not everyone hurt by this tragedy is a republican. So, dont type while stupid...
First place it was the Republicans who freed your dumb rears anyway. So you keep kissing up to the Reids, Pelosi, Bidens, AND KERRYS WHO CAN'T STAND YOU. MAN YOU HAVE SUCH SHORT MEMORIES. YOUR OLY A MEANS TO AN END WITH THOSE PEOPLE. IN OTHER WORDS VOTES EVEN IT IS FOR ONE OF YOU. hE CAN'T DO ANYTHING UNLESS pELOSI, rEID, kERRY AND bIDEN TELL HIM IT'S ALRIGHT.
May I suggest a history book.
Max you ARE SO CORRECT. OBAMA'S CONNECTION WITH GEORGE (SOROS ALIAS) SWARTZ A SON OF A JEW IN HUNGARY WORKED WITH THE NAXIS TELLING THEM WHO WERE JEWS AND WHERE THEIR PROPERTY WAS. HE ALSO DONATED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA FOR HIM TO BE ELECTED. THIS SAME SOROS IS THE ONE WHO RUINED THE BRITISH POUND, DESTROYED THE GOVERNMENT OF YUGOSLAVIA, HUNGARY, AND SEVERAL MORE COUNTRIES. NOW HIS AIM IS THE U.S. OBAMA WORKS FOR HIM. THE MAN HAS VISITED THE WHITE HOUSE FOUR TIMES IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. HE IS A DEMON WHO CAUSED MILLIONS OF HUNGARIAN JEWS TO DIE IN THE GAS CHAMBERS. BEWARE AMERICA IGNORANCE HAS ASKED FOR THIS MAN AND HE WILL DESTROY AMERICAN WITH SOROS DIRECTING HIM.
You really are sick in you're head. Please for you're own good seek out mental health expert.
Barry scrubbed the whole space shuttle program, what difference does one flight make. Now we have to pay Russia to launch our astronauts to repair our spy satellites.
Who told you Obama scrubbed the whole space shuttle program? Don't tell me faux news please....
You people keep making up stuff and are getting your facts all wrong.
It was Bush who retired the Space shuttles back in 2004.
Go look it up. There is already a private company called Spacex that is going to resupply missions to the space station.
And in the future get astronauts up there.
CNN told us, here is the link.
That's way way way less expensive then having or having to build an entire new fleet of shuttles. NASA had a very long tenure in space flight. let Russia and Europe incur the horrendous expense of having to build their own and from it's own economic stimulus. as for the U.S shuttle program, it's BEYOND EXPENSIVE!. I'm sure the U.S is going to find an extremely economical way of getting into space. and that will also pave the way for the world. but the rest of the world has to heavily invest as the united states had to in the last 60 years.
Wow, nazis, imagine that, people dont agree with the hate the republican leaders spew while they seem only to care about lining the pockets of the rich, and you label them a nazi, maybe it is you Max who is the nazi, and that is not an insinuation i make lightly, although it seems to flow off the keyboard for you, its very sad to see that people like you can look at a post speaking about the irony of it all ( republican leaders with one hand spewing hate for gov't asistance, and taking it with the other hand... and yes, it is a legitimate use of funds, but to those of us who use the "illegitimate" services ie. public housing, unemployment... ect... the list goes on, those services assist those who otherwise would be swept under the rug and forgotten, those are a vital lifeline in times of need for some) but to see such a post and to think NAZI is over simplistic and just plain ignorant, yes, not everyone looks at both sides of an equation before jumping to conclusions, such as you did, Claudia and Sebastion appear to have made intelligent, informed responses to this story, you seem only to see hate, and in this time in our country hate cannot be our first response any longer, it gets us nowhere and makes this country look foolish in the eyes of our global peers, and i for one can no longer stand to see my peers and countrymen squander their free speech on hate
i DON'T HEAR ANY HATE FROM MOST REPUBLICANS BUT BOY THESE PAGES ARE FULL OF IGNORANT BABBLING HATE FROM YOU PEOPLE. TYPICAL OF YOUR PEOPLE'S MANNER OF TALK. REPUBLICANS ARE NAXIS. MY GOD MAN DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT A NAXIS IS. OR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. I WOULD NOT EVEN CALL BIN LADEN A NAXIS. STOP THIS IGNORANCE NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.
It's a shame they can't take him with them and attach him to one of the sallelites.
Hate anger and misery is all you seem to have
It is only undeserved welfare when someone else receives it. those republicans accept government aid with no problem when they are in need.
BUT THAT AID IS NOT GONG TO INDIVIDUALS WHO SIT ON THEIR PORCH SIPPING WINE AND SMOKING MJ.
whatever everybody knows that all the governments money
You know our tax dollar are going over sea to fight a war that Bush started over oil and to japan who bombed pearl harbor not to the millions of americans who have lost everything whether it be from a storm or from the government running the country into the ground maybe one day people will wake up and realize that this country is becoming what the first americans left england because of so let's just close our eyes and pretend it all ok
The President that is closing down the U.S. manned space exploration program, and handing leadership of space exploration and technology to the Russians, Chinese, Indians, and Brazilians shouldn't be allowed to attend the last shuttle launch. Obama has done much to damage the nations economy and foreign policy and push the U.S. into a severe decline, but killing the nations space exploration program may well do the most long term damage to the nation, and guarantee that the U.S. loses its leadership position and becomes a 2nd rate power. Obama's philosphy seems to be to "LEAD FROM BEHIND", which in this instance seems to be hitchiking into space for the foreseeable future with the Russians, for a price of course, although how much longer we'll be able to afford to pay Russia to take our astronauts into space is another open question under Obama. It was a Democratic President, JFK, who launched our nation into exploring the frontiers of space and gave us some of the most memorable moments of our lives. It is another Democrats President, Obama, who is walling off those frontiers and dimming the imaginations and opportunities of our children. Democrats have indeed settled for much less than in the past. Wherever JFK is he must be looking down in shame!
you're a moron. It was Bush that canceled the Shuttle Program, NOT OBAMA.
It was Bush who retired the space shuttles back in 04... go look it up.
Blame it on cheney and both bush's perduellious administration. the G.H.W.B administration is the problem so shut down the bush center for indignation! and throw both bush's in prison for the rest of their lives! A.S.A.P!.
Valwayne it's a shame you are so Unamerican
I can't believe after 2 years of Democratic leadership in this country you people are still blaming republicans for everything. It shows utter ignorance.
THIS NATION IS IN DRAMATIC FINANCIAL FAILURE. IT STARTED YEARS AGO WITH WARS AND MISPLACED PLANS OF OTHER ADMINISTRATIONS. WE ARE NOW IN VERY,VERY DESPERATE STRAIGHTS AND YOU DAY DREAMING WONDERS ARE COMPLAINING BECAUSE THE SPACE PROGRAM HAD TO BE SHUT DOWN. YOU HAVE NOT EXPLAINED HOW WE CAN KEEP THE POOR FROM DYING ON THE SIDEWALKS, BUSINESSES CLOSING, HOSPITALS CLOSING DOWN, AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY FALLING APART IF WE DON'T TAKE STOCK OF WHAT CAN BE CANCELLED AND WHAT CAN'T. I F YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT POVERTY CAN DO VERY QUICKLY, YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT THE RESULTS OF LACK OF MONEY TO REPAIR PLACES LIKE HAITI, AND AREAS OF THIS COUNTRY HIT WITH FLOODS, HURRICANES,TORNADOES ETC. ......YOU WANT TO GO TO THE MOON? WELL,GO, AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE.....GOODBYE!!!!!!!
MAYBE YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU GO ON THE WEB AND LOOK UP A MAN NAMED GEORGE SOROS AND HIS CONNECTION TO OBAMA. ALSO WHAT THIS MAN'S HISTORY IS. YOU CAN CHECK URBAN lEGAND TO SEE IF IT IS TRUE. OR SNOPES EVEN. PEOPLE DON'T TAKE THIS MAN AS BEING WHAT YOU THINK HE IS. OBAMA WORKS FOR THIS MAN WHO CAUSED OVER A MILLION JEWS TO GO TO THE GAS CHAMBERS. HE HAS ALREADY DESTROYED ASA COUNTRIES YUGOSLAVIA, HUNGARY AND SEVERAL OTHER COUNTRIES . HIS AIM NOW IS THE U.S. OBAMA WORKS FOR HIM. THEN OF COURSE I DON'T KNOW WHY I BOTHER YOU PEOPLE WILL NOT BELIEVE ANYONE UNLESS HE LOOKS LIKE YOU. I AM NOT A REPUBLICAN IN FACT I VOTED FOR OBAMA. BUT NOT ANYMORE.
PLEASE SEE ABOVE
VALWAYNE......YOU ARE TRULY A WONDER......YOU SHOULD RUN FOR PRESIDENT WITH D, TRUMP. WHAT A PAIR YOU'D MAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the problem with people from the south is that most have neva gone to school hence racism
Hate,Haters!!! Will you Americans stop acting like the exslaves of Egypt and listen to God – Stop being evil because the president is half BLACK!!!! Nothing he can do shall be right to jackasses!!
You mean, obloquiously cacodoxic jacobin jackass's
i believe president obama is truly a honest person. i wish for his success with our country as well as the world. i wish mr. obama an family could stay for a week at cape canaveral. keep up the good work mr. president thank you mr. gary l weiss
I just love reading comments on here. No matter the topic, the comments will be name calling, mud slinging political crap. Don't even get me started on the spelling. What ever happened to mature, intelligent conversations?
All you cracker bastards shouuld hitch a ride on that bull sh*tting space craft and nerver look back to earth. Maybe ya'll can go there and live happily ever after cause nobody here on earth like you
If every time we went into space and learned something new, that could be a different story. So far we haven't, except that it costs a lot of money to fix the shuttles. I think it is time to move on, If there was something in space to help us they would of found it. We can't live there. We can use the money here on earth. sorry. I agree with the President, we just keep doing the same old thing we need to be smarter.
Are you serious? The money is spent here on earth.
Sara. IT CAN TAKE MANY MANY MANY YEARS TO DISCOVER CURES, ETC. ZERO G AND O2 THERAPY FOR WOUND CARE WASNT DISCOVERED OVER NIGHT IN LAB ON EARTH. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND THINK FOR YOURSELF. DONT FOLLOW THE LEADER. THIS ISNT GRADE SCHOOL!
The reality of it is that the United Stated has already colonized the moon and mars, in ultra secret government, man has already been to mars in the 1980's and S.E.T.I is it's communication system and NASA is old second hand technology the shadow government allows the private sector government to re-invent for economic stimulus. there is a bionic psychic visual medical dooms day scenario the shadow government wants to implement and they could use the CIA NCS TRD NSA ONR HMS FEMA RMS to slim down the population all remotely controlled. technology and overpopulation is the focal point of society today and there are allot of problems in the Gerent Demonocracy of dacnomania acculturation's operating scientific bionic linguistics. the shadow government is a nulliverse to public government and the gemral public. it's all already developed and ready to go. there are allot of ignorant people who are in ultra secret shadow government operations. the United States governments bionic psychic visual spy manipulation's uses 85% of the global populate like the common person is a walking talking camcorder broadcasting device and only .0005% of the population knows of this. it's way more advanced then 95% of the population is capable of imagining on their own. but sometimes it will broadcast a telencephalization onto those they want to reveal it to. most of those people end up thinking they're the smartest people on earth when it's broadcasting onto them. and some of them really believe they are that smart!?!. what I write about is a product but what I write is of my own writing.
Let's all go om Welfare!
MONEY SPENT HERE ON EARTH
ON EQUIPTMENT FOR SPACE TRAVEL., DOES NOT FEED AND CLOTHE OUR CITIZENS. IT DOES NOT GIVE THEM BADLY NEEDED MEDICAL CARE OR PUT A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS. IT IS AN EXPENDITURE WE CANNOT AFFORD WITH MILLIONS OF FAMILIES OUT OF WORK.!!!!
I am completely stunned by your ignorance. These are highly skilled jobs that are necessary for our country to compete in the modern world. Notice that I said jobs, not give aways, but jobs for real work done for a necessary purpose. NASA employees spend their money buying clothes and homes, and medical insurance that in turn employ others who are able to do the same. You not only fail to grasp the need for outer space exploration you also fail to understand basic economics.
Your president evidently shares your ignorant view. His plan is to pay Russia to launch our astronauts. News reports put this at around $50,000,000 per flight. Money that could have stayed here in the USA, paying local workers while keeping the technology at home. Now we will be funding another country and have to stand in line to fly.
How do you feel about funding schools, should we stop all grants and support for education? According to your logic we should quit funding teachers since they "do not give medical care or put roofs over heads." I think you need to go back rethink your position before you post on this subject again.
In the words of a great space alien that came to earth to learn about human behavior, but instead taught us about our own selves. "Na-Nu Na-Nu."
Go an look for a speech that Bush gave back in 04 he cut the funding for the space shuttles...
Please go look it up.
@ Alex agu, read this from CNN. Barry killed the program. Stop blaming President Bush.
BUT WITH THE SATELITES IT CERTAINLY PROTECTS OUR PEOPLE AND THIS COUNTRY. WHO YOU THINK HAS BEEN WATCHING WHEN MISSILES MAY STRIKE. WHO GUIDES OUR MISSILES TO THEIR TARGETS. WHO MONITERS THE WEATHER AND MANY MANY OTHER THINGS. IT IS STUPIDITY THAT HAS TAKEN THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY HAVE A PURPOSE. ONE TO DESTROY AMERICA.
I'm compelled to say to all who claim to be non-racists, non-bigots, non-marxists, non-communists, non-supremasts, non-haters, non-deceivers, non-selfish, non-muslims, non-jewish, non-sabotagers, non-underminers, non-backstabbers, non-liars, non-treasonists, non-Anti-Americans, so called Good God-Fearing Christian American Patriots, and all others who may be interested to 'Study to show yourselves approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of TRUTH'. 2 TIMOTHY 2:15.
You can start with the Book of Matthew and go on to Revelations. You will find all of the TRUE answers to your complaints, whether they be real or fake to explain the state of our nation and the world today. We are living in the time of TRIBULATION and none of us have the answer. It is not the actions of one man that has set this evil off. It is written, 'Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condensed to men of low estate. BE NOT WISE IN YOUR OWN CONCEITS'. Romans 12:16.
Hi guys I am a lifelong Democrat plz show some class fellow Dems and republicans this is exactly how we do not solve our nations problems, instead ask both chambers to create jobs not politics
Gaylon, it appears you misunderstood, in no way was i insinuating that all republicans were nazis ( and yes, i know who they were and still are, and the atrocities they commited in the name of the national socialist party formed in post WW1 germany by a failed art student in the early 1930's taking advantage of a climate of hate and fear). i was merely stating the fact that jumping to the conclusion that the previous poster were labeled nazis by someone who clearly had not understood the implications of his statement... that being said, i agree whole heartedly that the ignorance in this country must cease... we are going nowhere, and quite quickly at that... and while i do agree with you on some points you made, i must say an overwhelming amount of the hateful speech in this country is unfortunately coming from the republican side of the aisle, but more from the new lawmakers who would like nothing more than to impeach a president who, in spite of all the difficulties he is facing in keeping the promises made due to the efforts of the tea party and their supporters, he IS trying, i will concede that some compromises he has made in the long term have not had the desired effect for the short term, but as a people we will never acheive our former standing in the world if this is what our divided politics is going to get us... And this babbling speech typical of "your people"'s manner of talk? ok, ill take the bait... so you think that myself, or someone else who has posted is an under educated, poor minority? actually you are mistaken, unless you refer to the typical "babbling speech of an educated (admittedly not college educated) young, employed white person, please, if you are going to make an assumption please be sure you have some idea of what you are talking about before you make such generalisation about the person whom you disagree with... and i actually would appreciate an oppurtunity to have an intelligent conversation with you, you know, that good old fashioned point – counter point kind of thing, for the last thing i want is for my view point to be instantly construed as that of an ignorant person... thank you, and have a good day
First off, the Space Shuttle program was only planned to last about 20 years. Secondly, president Bush formally cancelled the Shuttle program at the the time it was supposed to be. Obama cancelled the mission to moon program because it badly over budget and behind schedull, and had no real value other a huge jobs program. The new programs will also create jobs and give us a new set of U.S. goals to go after.
Well the state i live in is michigan and you talk about a democraticic socialist society it is here the unions have built this great state and then distroyed it with there greed come election time the union tells their rank and file who 2 vote 4 and they run out like unthinking puppies and obey their master its no surprise obama stopping by he is on a constant vacation why did the blacks ever start being demacrat m l k was republican
MATT-i AM GAYLON. SORRY YOU MISUNDERSTAND ME IN CALLING YOU ANYTHING OTHER THAN YOU PEOPLE. I USE THAT TERM A LOT BUT IT IS NOT MEANT AS A RACIST TERM OR TO A CERTAIN GROUP. That is old school that I don't connect with. I spent 30 years in the service SO I HAVE NO IL WILL TO AFRICAN AMERICANS. I voted for Obama and was a Democrat for 50 years. But for reasons that I have dug up he scares the Hades out of me. Look on the web and his connection with one George (Soros alias) Swartz. I apoligize if I insulted you. But you undoubtedly never read all the insults pitched Sarah Palin's way and now Donald Trump who has no credibility. I say it is tic for tac. But none of this do I agree with. I still believe in freedom of religion, speech, 2nd amendment and everyone's own choice of their politics. Many of our forefathers fought and died to give us that right. I am worried not on who is President, but the division I see coming to this country. This George Soros I was talking about, this is his agenda. He has caused several governments to fall. He wants one world order. One currency and one leader. Sounds Naxis doesn't it. he was a 14 year old son of a Jew with a non christian mother. He is a Atheist and has contributed billions of dollars to the Democrat Party and to a few Republicans, Sarah Palin one of them. This man scares me that he has a hold on Obama. This can easily be found on the web and backed up by Urban Legend and Snopes. I too would like to talk with a sane man. I do not intend to change you as I'm sure you feel the same way. You have a great life.
CNN HAS THEIR LIPS TO obamas ASS! You are such sucks ups with him. He flip flops, cant make a decision and only spends, lies and imposing his rule. he has to go!
Lips SEWED TO obamas Ass
2004 BUSH SPEECH!!!!!
To meet this goal, we will return the Space Shuttle to flight as soon as possible, consistent with safety concerns and the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. The Shuttle's chief purpose over the next several years will be to help finish assembly of the International Space Station. In 2010, the Space Shuttle - after nearly 30 years of duty - will be retired from service.
Our second goal is to develop and test a new spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle, by 2008, and to conduct the first manned mission no later than 2014. The Crew Exploration Vehicle will be capable of ferrying astronauts and scientists to the Space Station after the shuttle is retired. But the main purpose of this spacecraft will be to carry astronauts beyond our orbit to other worlds. This will be the first spacecraft of its kind since the Apollo Command Module.
IT WAS bush WHO RETIRED THE SPACE SHUTTLE NOT OBAMA. Actually Obama funded it for one more year.
Lies, Lies Lies! First Obama wasnt born here,then he wasn't good in school. Please what more lies about this man. ask George Bush about the many lies he have told.and have gotten plenty of kids killed over a lie.
It's "tit for tat" you idiot.
Gaylon Barrow is USPatriot38? I thought that aryan/white supremast crap sounded like it was coming from the same vindictive sicko! Military 30 years, so no ill will for African Americans, racism was flourishing in the military during the time he claimed to be there! he's referenced 'blacks' who sit on porches drinking wine and smoking marijuana; voted for OBAMA and was a Democrat for 50 years? I never believed that! Lustfully sick enough to try to justify his OBAMA insults, using PALIN disgust as leverage!!
That's right Rick.
@Gaylon Barrow aka USPatriot38; you are one piece of work! 'First place it was the Republicans who freed your dumb rears anyway'. Thanks to the Great Late President Abraham Lincoln, and his administration; one of the last of the 'REAL REPUBLICANS', and who lost his OWN life by a spirit such as yours because of it, we were set free! That mission in itself sparked an evil, dangerous change in the mindset and attitude of much of the new so-called 'Republican Party'! We're suffering as a nation because of it!
One more thing Mr Gaylon Barrow aka USPatriot38, don't keep thinking that we're all dumb Ok? You are watching that myth unfold everyday! And 'you ain't seen nothing yet'! Furthermore, there are probably more 'dumb' whites than there are blacks, since you outnumber us in this nation. You all get by simply because you are white, period! Historically and even now, that's all it's ever taken! However, to be black and 'dumb' is double jeopardy! We get run right over by the white established AMERICAN system!
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