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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Atlantis made a perfect landing today. It was exciting to see her touch the ground. To me, it was also a little sad. Atlantis will fly into space only one more time. There are only five shuttle missions left. Then the shuttles will be retired. It is sad to see them go.
The shuttles have flown since 1979. They have allowed humans to do many things. More than 600 astronauts have flown on the shuttles. They have completed hundreds of science experiments in space. They have fixed satellites and docked with space stations. The shuttles have carried more than three million pounds of cargo.
After 2010, a new rocket will launch humans into space. It is called the Ares rocket. The new rocket will help humans go back to the moon. If you would like to learn more about the Ares rocket, go to http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/354470main_aresIX_fs_may09.pdf
Do you like to build models? After Thanksgiving, your recycle bin is a good place to find parts to build your own Ares rocket! Go to http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/385179main_AresI_Can_Model.pdf. Have fun and fly high!
Photo courtesy NASA.