Last Space Shuttle Launch Mission

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07/08/2021 03:06 PM ET

Last Space Shuttle Launch Mission - After worries of bad weather and cloud cover, the last flight of a space shuttle launched successfully on Friday morning. The official lift off time was 11:29 am, 2 minutes 30 seconds later than scheduled.

The shuttle was visible for 42 seconds before disappearing into the clouds. The crew will deliver a year’s worth of critical supplies to the International Space Station and return with as much trash as possible. Atlantis is scheduled to come home on June 20 after 12 days in orbit.

It will be at least three years to possibly five or more, before astronauts launch again from U.S. soil. So this final journey of the shuttle era packed in crowds and roused emotions on a scale not seen since the Apollo moon shots. Nasa has been ordered to start a new era of space flight to go to an asteroid and then a mission to mars rather than orbital missions.

At the t-minus 31 second mark the countdown was stopped temporarily due to a slight mechanical delay. However, it was quickly corrected and the countdown restarted and Atlantis left the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center. This marks the 135th and final mission that covered the last 30 years.

The total cost of the shuttle program had been $145 billion as of early 2005, and as of 2011, had risen to $196 billion. NASA had originally calculated the total cost of the program to be just $90 billion. According to NASA, the average cost to launch a Space Shuttle as of 2011 is about $450 million per mission.

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