“Mission Complete, Houston”

The beginign of STS

SU-O1 Fl. 2011) “Mission Complete, Houston” … Were the words of Major Ferguson, reported to Mission Control Station in Houston, on the last flight of the Program Space Transportation System (STS) Shuttle, when the spacecraft “Atlantis” achieves the soft landing in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and thus seals the end of the STS Program at the NASA Space Agency

Shuttle Program 1981-2011
Space Transportation System

The last mission of the Space “Shuttle” on the flight vehicle 33 of the “Atlantis” was to deliver more than 9,400 pounds in parts and other equipment along with 2.677 pounds of food and enough supplies for a year for researchers in different expeditions working in the International Space Station.

NASA Space Vehicles

Any other space program in the world has been able to transport the amounts of materials to build or resources for human survival as it did in its 30 years of service.

Without falling importance of the previous Human Space Flight Missions, such as Mercury (1959-29630) Gemini (1963-1966) Apollo (1961-1972)  the first one to bring human life in the Universe and a walk on the moon, Skylab (1973-1974)  To build the first American Space Station, that countenances the STS “Shuttle” mission to enlarge and alliance that Space Station to the International one.

NASA’s STS Re-builds The
International Space Station

NASA Hubble Telescope

the Space Transportation System (STS) which stared functions in the 70’s and it materializes on April 12, 1981 with the launch of the first reusable spacecraft capable of carrying 7 or 8 astronauts in multiple orbital flights on and back return to Earth.

NASA STS Explorer

Without falling importance of the previous Human Space Flight Missions, such as Mercury (1959-29630) Gemini (1963-1966) Apollo (1961-1972)  the first one to bring human life in the Universe and a walk on the moon, Skylab (1973-1974)  To build the first American Space Station, that countenances the STS “Shuttle” mission to enlarge and alliance that Space Station to the International one.

Dr. Ellen Ochoa

In total 5 vehicles flew 852 times with a distance of 542 million miles in 135 flying around the planet for 1329 days, achieving over 2,000 performing experiments in the fields: of our planet, Astronomy, Life Sciences and Matter.

C.”Sid” M.Gutierrez

The Space System Transportation, STS also featured a great diversity of talented Scientist that include several women and from almost one of each country in the 30 years of function.

Ing. Danny Olivas

The Space System Transportation, STS also featured a great diversity of talented Scientist that include several women and from almost one of each country in the 30 years of function.Aside of the Astronauts well training by NASA; as Mission Commander, Pilot and Mission Specialist, the Shuttle Program opened a door for Payload Specialis.

@ NBL Houston Tx.

A Payload Specialist was generally selected for a single specific mission and were chosen outside the standard NASA astronaut selection process  and 61 of them flew to the Space as part of the prestigious crew in the 135 launches, without being American Citizens, and some of the where from Mexico, South the Arabia and other Countries and professions like Congressmen, teacher and other not scientist profession.

Frankling R.Chang Diaz

Note, this program generate more interest in science to thousands of professionals around the world adn were selected by NASA  several Hispanics where in the orbirter more thatn one time and all fo them had an important contribution as Colonel Sidney M. Gutierrez (2 ª. Generation Mexico-American descent) who participated in 2 missions, Dr. Ellen Ochoa (2 ª. Generation Mexico-American descent) who participated in 4 missions in the STS Programs.

Ing. José Hernández

The brave crew who made history in the last flight was the Commander Christopher Ferguson, Co-Pilot Douglas Hurley, and Mission Specialists Rex Walheim and Sandra Mangus. They also carried during the last mission as a backup plan a small Russian Soyuz capsule in case Atlantis had some flaw in his return to Earth.

STS Atlantis last landing

The three orbiting spacecraft that made history in the Space Transportation Program Shuttle will be on display at the Visitor Complex for NASA, “Discovery” is the hangar of the Smithsonian in Virginia, “Endeavour” will be at the Science Center in Los Angeles California and “Atlantis” will be at home in the Visitor Center Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Fl.  STS Was close but not the era of the Space exploration…

A Great and Productive Program

 

Rosana Sandoval
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US President goes from Kennedy Space Center to Miami Beach tinsel starts

NASA image Best Picture by NASA of US President arrival

 

SU-O1.- US Air Force 1, was incredibly accurate with the agenda, at 1:30 pm it arrived at the Shuttle landing Facility of the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral  with US President Barack Obama on board.
As his characteristic easy-going personality, Mr. Obama greeted and waved during his tour in the commercial rocket processing facility “SpaceX” at Cape Canaveral in the Air Force Station, on his way to the Operations and Checkout Building where he delivered his remarks on Space Exploration in the 21st Century.  

NASA images of Mr. Obama's Tour

 

Since the US Aerospace Industry has worked under small budgets but accurate strategies to make it possible to keep several research programs alive in outer space, the media are causing a scandal after the announcement of the closing of PART of the “Constellation” program (which started in 2005, to explore the moon, build rockets & spacecrafts that cost $ 10 billion). Obama clarified that it wasn’t his administration that decided to close the program. However it is necessary to invest in more groundbreaking research and include innovative companies to make the “Orion” Program possible for future missions.
 Fuss and buzz created by the retirement of the Space Shuttle and the threats from the competitors in the space race, such as Russia and China who are developing new Space-vehicles, is bringing great stress over the current  old American space-ships that have endangered  the lives of the Astronauts.  

NASA images, US President Remarks Space Exploration in the 21st Century

 

President Obama expects with the new budget and with strong participation of the private sector, to compete and develop better Space-Vehicles to transport humans in short time with more safety and even emergency flight if necessary to the International Space Station.
Also President Obama, is setting a date for the plan to create 2,500 jobs along the Space Coast in the next 2 years, to modernize the Kennedy Space Center, upgrade launch facilities, and include companies across the US to compete to be part of the Space Transportation Industry, projecting more than 10,000 jobs nationwide over the next 5 years.  But Obama’s emphasis was in this statement:
So I am proposing a $40 million initiative – led by a high-level team from the White House, NASA, and other agencies – to develop a plan for regional economic growth and job creation. And I expect this plan to reach my desk by August 15th. It’s an effort that will help prepare this already skilled workforce for new opportunities in the space industry and beyond.”
Following the President’s remarks, NASA’s  Administrator Charles Bolden, hosted a conference overview, with Norm Augustine, chair, Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans, Committee and John Holdren, assistant to the President for science and technology and director of the White House Office of Science Technology Policy. 

NASA image "For pennies on the dollar, the space program has improved our lives"

It was impressive the public recognition by the US President about the great efforts that all these Scientists have done in NASA, which has operated in high-capacity for pennies on the dollar improving the life and advancing the society, strengthening the US economy and inspiring generations in science and math.  Mr. Obama is determined to revitalize NASA and its mission:  “Not just with dollars but with clear aims and a large purpose.” He assured.
Polite as a politician can be, the US President concluded his remarks and shook a couple of hands before his punctual departure in the US Air Force 1 with destination to Miami Beach to the Asian Menu fund-raising dinner at the Estefan’s mansion.  

NASA images, President Obama finished his remarks

 
Meanwhile NASA Administrator, chair, Review of Human Space flight Plan and President for Science and Technology are working on the President’s proposal.
The United States of America has been the leader in the Space race,
and to keep that place it really needs to invest in better spacecrafts, also upgrade NASA’s facilities. Because even though it is a great experience in the NASA amusement Park feeling the sensation of going back in time, Scientists and Astronauts deserve a better workplace.  

NASA image. More investment by Private sector in NASA Programs

Although the private sector has participated in the US Government projects with NASA, now is the time to get more enrollment and investment.  
The process of a butterfly is starting with an ugly caterpillar and gets uglier in the cocoon but it develops into a gorgeous butterfly. So hopefully all pessimists will understand NASA’S process of growing and instead of criticizing, why not follow more closely  NASA projects, learn for it and then be able to comment and contribute to it.  

Rosana Sandoval
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