“OMG! LUMP IN THROAT! I SAW SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR, the 747, and JET ESCORT SO CLOSE! I thought I would miss it! Or at best, see a tiny dot in the sky. From our back parking lot, Shuttle Endeavour and escort banked low and went RIGHT BY THE STUDIO!!!! I CAN’T FIND THE SUPERLATIVES!”
Kingsway bids fond farewell to The Space Shuttle Program, so proud to have played a tiny part in it! I just watched the end of an era this very morning. Shuttle Endeavour flew her final voyage through the air, passing over the South Bay, California on her way to a Los Angeles Museum. Kingsway is very, very proud to have been a small part of this, producing many video programs over the years for the Space Shuttle Program and NASA through the program’s contractors. I remember both the tremendous accomplishments, building the International Space Station, and repair and improvement of the Mighty Hubble Telescope, and the terrible tragedy of Challenger, and by Columbia’s destruction years later. I also remember America’s triumphant returns to space, and all the work that followed. I salute ALL those brave men and women in the Shuttle Program.
Now America does not HAVE a manned space program. Relying on India, China, Russia: Big mistake. Relying only on our new Robotic systems: Big Mistake. What happens if Hubble or it’s replacement, The James Webb Space Telescope, goes down? What if a Defense Satellite needs repair or some unforeseen emergency? The Space Shuttle Program HAPPENED, overcoming Political and Technical hurdles. We can do it again. We need it for Knowledge, and National Security. I think America needs to rethink, even in these darker times, some priorities here. What do you think? Please Comment and let us know. I include a few reference or reminder photos only at the moment. I’ll try and hunt up some photos from the KINGSWAY ARCHIVE (if there’s any I’m allowed to use!), and post them here soon.
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