Monday, May 30, 2011
THE FIRST VOYAGE OF THE REAL ENTERPRISE - TEST FLIGHT OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE - NBC NEWS - CIRCA 8/12/77
America's Shuttle Astronauts have made their final voyage to the Final Frontier.
This morning, orbiting approx.200 miles above Bolivia, the United States last operational Space Shuttle, The Endeavour, disembarked from it's last mission to the International Space Station.
NASA mission STS(Space Transport System)-134 took a symbolic, high altitude, high velocity victory lap around the I.S.S.
The skilled crew, led by Commander Mark Kelly, husband of Arizona Congresswoman Gaby Giffords, who was critically wounded in an assassination attempt, last spring, had completed the American module of the orbiting, scientific platform.
This brought to a close the space shuttle component of the U.S. manned spaceflight program. There are still plans to return human beings to the Moon and ,perhaps, to Mars, but the shuttle fleet will now be grounded.
Here from the LOTUS 4115 YOU TUBE site, is an NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT ,comprised of two clips that rewind the years of achievement and angst which have defined the shuttle program to the first, test flight of the first shuttle, The Enterprise. The NBC News coverage is anchored by the urbane Jack Perkins and the authoritative Roy Neal. Enjoy!!!