NASA Updates

Atlantis landing at Edwards Airforce Base.  Image Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas

Atlantis landing at Edwards Air Force Base. Image Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas

After having landings in Florida cancelled on Friday, Saturday & Sunday due to thunderstorms, the space shuttle Atlantis was forced to land at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave.  NASA tries to avoid landings in California rather than Florida because NASA loses approximately a week of work and close to $2 million in ferry costs for the shuttle by landing there.

In other NASA news, President Obama has named four-time space shuttle astronaut Charles Bolden, Jr., a retired Marine major general, to be the next administrator of NASA.  Bolden has long been a favorite of employees for the top position at NASA.  Also, many speculate that the pick of Bolden means that human spaceflight will continue, rather than be on the chopping block as some have argued.

Finally, with Atlantis back on Earth, NASA is gearing up for another shuttle mission.  The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled for launch on June 13 with a return to the International Space Station.

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