Sunday, January 08, 2006

End of the shuttle ?

It appears that the shuttle is doomed. But for the unfortunate accidents, the shuttle would still have been NASA's main choice for launches to space. But the shuttle was always a very expensive way to send a satellite or even people to space. Infact, the soviets had their own version of the shuttle, Buran, ready in 4 years after the official launch of the shuttle program by NASA. The Russians quickly found that this wasn't the most effective method for space launch. Of course, that wasn't the only reason for the end of the Russian's cancellation of the Buran.

The Shuttle is an interesting concept. But since its development and launch in 80s, there hasnt been any major improvements or enhancements, atleast outward visible and/or perceivable changes.

NASA strikes deal for Soyuz flights

Tags: shuttle, nasa, space,buran, russia, soviet, mir, soyuz

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