NASA Space Shuttle launch / STS-129

Over the past 6 months – since the 40th anniversary of Apollo was publicised – I have become immensely fascinated by space travel. I have no idea why, but prior to this year it just never really registered with me what an incredible feat NASA have performed over the past 50 years. Now I can’t get enough.

Anyway, today saw the successful launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on its mission to the ISS (International Space Station). STS-129 is the last Shuttle launch of 2009 and there are only 5 more missions planned for 2010 before the Shuttle programme is retired for good, after more than 25 years of service.

Here’s an amazing figure to try and put space exploration into economic perspective – every Shuttle launch costs around $1 billion.

I love space.


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