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NASA is apparently sticking to its plans to retire the venerable space shuttle fleet in 2010 - despite political pressure to keep it flying, pending development of homegrown replacements to supply the International Space Station. The US House of Representatives and Senate recently agreed a further $2.5bn to keep the space …

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  1. Simon
    Black Helicopters

    Am I the only one...

    ...a little shocked that it will take the programme $87m to not fly shuttles in 2012. Sounds like a bargain.

    Black helicopter? Because it's cheaper.

  2. Mike Richards Silver badge

    @Simon

    "...a little shocked that it will take the programme $87m to not fly shuttles in 2012. Sounds like a bargain."

    They'll be decommissioning the hardware and removing anything dangerous or likely to deteriorate before shipping the airframes to three lucky museums.

  3. Mike

    Re: Am I the only one...

    You probably are in that case, if you think that the space shuttle program is just some bloke lighting the blue touch paper and a few astros then you're forgretting the huge industry behind the space program dedicated to space shuttles, decom is a major part, but you can't just turn an industry off, "OK, time to go home, nothing to see here".

  4. Dr Patrick J R Harkin

    Something is about to happen.

    Something wonderful....

  5. Fred

    @ Dr Patrick J R Harkin

    Agreed.... somethings gonna happen...

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