The Legacy of the Space Shuttle Program
Reuters looks at the Space Shuttle Program by the numbers. The story points out that the entire thirty years of the program only cost just under $200 billion, pocket change compared to some recent government spending. This story points out that Medicare spent just as much in a five-month span in 2010.
However, not everyone is looking at the positives when it comes to cost.
This last flight aboard Atlantis will be the program’s 135, and only a cargo shipping mission. The final flight will be the first since 1983 to only take four astronauts because of the lack of another shuttle if Atlantis is damaged in flight. If that happens, the U.S. would have to requisition the Russian Soyuz, which would be very expensive and could only bring two of them home at a time.
- 30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program (history.com)
- NASA invites Twitter followers to last Space Shuttle launch (geek.com)
- The Inside of a Space Shuttle Flight Deck, The End of an Era (amoebamike.wordpress.com)
- Filmmakers Use Social Media to Record Legacy of the Space Program, Invite the Public to Share Their Memories (pr.com)