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Space Shuttle Discovery, which had originally been meant to lift off yesterday, will now depart on its final flight tomorrow following last-minute repairs. Sign counting down to the final launch of Shuttle Discovery. Credit: NASA Last chance to see Space Transportation System mission 133 (STS-133, the official NASA name …


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  1. It wasnt me
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    How much.... needed for a citizen funded venture to keep this thing flying ? A la Vulcan......

    Ill start with a pledge of a tenner.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      RE: How much

      Good idea, I'll pledge a tenner too.

      Anyone know how to raise $449,999,980?

      I've got some old PS/2 keyboards I could ebay, should get a couple of quid.

    2. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

      Count me in.

      $50 a month - per shuttle - to keep 'em going. Gods help me, if a privately funded space program is the only way, I'd do my part. I don't want to see our future slip away. Nor do I believe these beautiful ladies deserve such an ignoble fate as to be retired without replacement.

      Fair winds, Discovery. May your final journey see you safely home to rest. I'll drink a pint in your honour tonight.

    3. John Smith 19 Gold badge

      @It wasnt me

      Well that depends...

      Various numbers have been touted for a launch. IIRC it's somewhere between $50-150M.

      But its the *standing* army that's the trouble.

      c6000 people @ c$125k/PA (including all support costs). That's c$750-800m/PA

      And of course you'll need to retain the *infrastructure* which was due to be switched to Ares/Orion.

      I think the ball park number is $1Bn/PA.

      You'll need to organize a bit of a whip round.

      Perhaps a sponsored event?

  2. Anonymous Coward

    has flown almost three times the distance between Earth and the Sun.


    Going for half an orbital radius then?

  3. nordwars

    This makes me sad.


  4. Winkypop Silver badge

    Sad to see the future slip away

    I watched man walk on the moon in 1969.

    I thought by now we would have done more, much more.

    Alas, it was not to be.

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    By the time we get to the stars...

    > the first African-American to perform a spacewalk

    We can lift 10 tons into orbit still can't seem to lift ourselves above this kind of crude labelling. :-(

    1. The Indomitable Gall

      I always wondered...

      I always wondered why there's no such category as "European American"....

      1. Radelix


        it gets broken down but only from certain countries like Ireland and Italy. otherwise you are "white" unless of course you aren't.

  6. sebacoustic
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    in the light of more recent space endeavours, it's good to see that the Playmonaut has taken over, Discovery can rest in peace.

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    time to worry?

    If the mice are leaving, does that mean the Vogons will arrive soon?

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    Life should imitate art

    It's all so boring and pointless anyway. They should send someone like Homer Simpson into orbit to rekindle interest in this boring and pointless activity.

  9. thecakeis(not)alie


    Good luck old friend.

  10. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    Last chance to test permanent waterproofing

    But I guess it's a bit late in the day for that.

  11. Anonymous Coward
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    What about some Playmonauts?????

  12. Graham Marsden


    I sense an incoming lawsuit!

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