The End of an Era

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This morning I almost missed the last launch of Atlantis, the last of the space shuttles to be retired. I think I would have been really upset if I had missed it. One of the dreams I had as a little girl was to be the first Black doctor in space. Mae Jemison beat me to it. The closest I have gotten was having Sally Ride as my physics professor at UCSD.

Thanks to the wonder of the internet, and NASA really embracing social media, I was able to find a mobile optimized version of the stream.

I actually watched the first 10 minutes on the official NASA TV site, but then started getting lag, so switched to the Ustream NASA Mobile channel.

Streaming Live by Ustream

As of this writing, the stream is still live. I just watched the shuttle separate before it switched to Mission Control.


  1. Did you go to JPL's open house in Pasadena in May? They had parts of the shuttle on display before they were shipped off to Florida. Pretty neat-o!

  2. No! I didn't know about it! I'm currently between gigs, so I have way more free time. I can't wait until we get the shuttle and the Science Museum.

  3. It's an annual event. Be sure to mark it on your calendar for next year. It was interesting to spend the day looking at NASA stuff ;-)


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