Tuesday, February 21, 2006

NASA to retire Atlantis

Spaceflight Now is reporting (via Slashdot) NASA's decision to retire the Atlantis orbiter by 2008 after just 5 more flights, which will put a lot of pressure on the agency to keep remaining two orbiters, Discovery and Endeavour, flight worthy so that NASA's commitments to their partners in the ISS can be fulfilled.

Of course since all three of the orbiters are currently still grounded, after the previous flight of Discovery showed that the debris problems which caused the loss of Columbia had not yet been fixed, it is perhaps a bit academic...