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Space Shuttle Atlantis

May 16, 2011 by USA Post 

Space Shuttle AtlantisSpace Shuttle Atlantis, In a huge room, a replica of the nose to the tail of a space shuttle fuselage supported as a beached whale in an apartment about two football fields long. Shares space with a large model of the International Space Station, Russian Soyuz capsule, scaffolding, smoke machines and other tools of the trade space flight training.

When astronauts step into the room for a practice session here at the Johnson Space Center of NASA, who spend a large housing partition mug shots of crews assigned to transport equipment closer to its launch in the “first “position.

“A crew member is a great thing to get on that wall,” says Tim Reynolds, who has managed the installation through 62 shuttle flights and 27 teams from the space station.

Even before the wheels of a shuttle land on the runway at the end of a flight, say, the next crew in line, saying: “Come here, get the has-beens of the wall!”

With the final Endeavour shuttle mission in progress (which launched Monday, May 16), the queue for first place in the “Wall of Tim” has disappeared. A crew remains on board the Atlantis shuttle launch in late June, the federal budget prepared.

It is the beginning of the end of the U.S. astronaut corps as generations of Americans have known. Fifty years after its birth, the astronaut program – one of the most representative companies in the United States and an integral part of the free nation of the image – is undergoing a transformation.

The program certainly will not go away. But as the last two ships – the astronauts ride in the main space – are retired and venture funding decreases space, the astronaut’s body become smaller nation, redefined its role, and most likely space rights delivered to private companies.

The move will accelerate the transition of the body of a group, once dominated by the test pilots for increasingly made up of scientists and specialists who can live on the International Space Station (ISS) for prolonged periods, conducting experiments and do all the cleaning of air filters in the kitchen meals.

Neither the astronauts can go unnoticed. In the early years of the space program, were national heroes – John Wayne in moon suits. Almost everything they did was a pioneer – the first American to travel around the Earth, the first U.S. spacewalk, the first man on the moon. Today, the line of Neil Armstrong – “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – is one of the most quoted phrases in the English language. Astronauts on the cover of magazines. The books were written by them.

With the arrival of the shuttle program, space travel became more regular, the most common exploits. Today, when astronauts undergo another transition, identity may be even more anonymous, more routine work, as they work 210 miles above the Earth can be everyday. However, the astronaut corps remains a source of fascination for many Americans – and will remain an integral, if declining, part of the National Aeronautics and Space.

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