why do they call the STS-135 (space shuttle) launch the "FINAL" launch??is the last launch of that?
- campbelp2002Lv 79 years agoBest Answer
The upcoming shuttle launch is the last ever launch of any of the NASA space shuttles. The shuttle program is ending. Until some private company (like SpaceX) is ready to send people into orbit with their vehicle, NASA will rely on the Russian Soyuz to send astronauts to and from the space station. NASA is also working on their own new vehicle, called the MPCV, but it is not ready to fly yet. The president has directed NASA to contract with private companies for orbital flight since the cost will be lower. For example, NASA has already spent over a Billion and a half dollars on the MPCV, which is still not ready to fly, while SpaceX has already flown their Dragon vehicle and spent FAR less money developing it.
- green meklarLv 79 years ago
It will be the last launch of any space shuttle. No vehicle of that type is scheduled to be used after this upcoming mission. Humans will still launch into space, but only in other types of vehicles (mostly russian Soyuz capsules for the foreseeable future).
- Michael JLv 69 years ago
Last lunch of that shuttle (Atlantis) and the last launch scheduled in the Space Shuttle program.
That's it. There aren't any more. After STS-135, the Space Shuttles will be retired and shipped to various museums across the country.
- digquicklyLv 79 years ago
Well, ..., it means this is the last manned launch in the shuttle program. We're going to have to develop something new that's all there is to it.
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- katbyrd41Lv 79 years ago
Michael J got it right. Anybody planning to need any emergency rescues in space anymore can count out the US space shuttle program.
- RickBLv 79 years ago
Yes. After this mission, the U.S. will be without a manned space program for the first time in 50 years. :-(
- Anonymous9 years ago
We are retiring the Shuttles.
We are making new and different types of vehicles to perform missions.