Rare, last look inside space shuttle Atlantis
Space shuttle Atlantis, which only five months ago flew the final mission of NASA’s 30-year shuttle program, is now being prepared for its public display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Its insides being pulled out to ensure it is safe for exhibit, as well as significantly lighten it for its planned steep-angled display, Atlantis is scheduled to be powered down this week for the final time.
I love news releases with headlines that remind me that we live in the future. Like this one:
Space Station Commander Captures Unprecedented View Of Comet
Paperwork Explosion: a 1967 IBM marketing film from a young experimental filmmaker named, um, Jim Henson. Maybe you’ve heard of him?
(Thanks to Josh Luxenberg for pointing me towards this insane gem.)
|—||Washington Post reporter and columnist David S. Broder, who would have been 82 yesterday.|
One audacious commuter — dark suit, no helmet, consulting his smart phone as he navigates a D.C. rush hour on a Segway.
NASA is holding seats for 150 randomly selected Twitter followers to attend the final shuttle launch:
“NASA will host a two-day Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on July 7-8 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Space shuttle Atlantis is targeted to launch at about 11:40 a.m. EDT on July 8, on its STS-135 mission to the International Space Station. It is the final launch of a space shuttle before the program is retired….
“The Tweetup will provide @NASA followers with the opportunity to tour the center, view the shuttle launch and speak with NASA managers, astronauts, shuttle technicians and engineers. The event also will provide participants the opportunity to meet fellow tweeps and NASA’s social media team….
“The goal of NASA Tweetups is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via Twitter to meet in person and discuss one of their favorite subjects: NASA.”
The 24-hour registration window opens at noon on June 1. More details at http://www.nasa.gov/tweetup