spaceflight programme. ‘Bitter’ because it saw the last ever launch of the US Space Shuttle, a“true American Icon” as Atlantis’s crew called it prior to the launch.
And ‘Sweet’ because the final launch was textbook (see picture gallery).
We’ve been anticipating this for some time, and now the historic moment is finally
here. I watched the launch live online via NASA HD TV, and despite no doubt 10s of thousands of people logged on the coverage was perfect. I can’t help but wonder what a TV spectacle the Apollo moon landing would have been if this Internet and IT technology had been available then!
What now for the US human spaceflight programme? (see blog entry for 8 January 2011 ‘US human spaceflight programme in disarray’ ). More later