Kennedy Space Center, Florida (CNN) - As many as 700,000 people, including the first family, were hoping to watch space shuttle Endeavour lift off at 3:47 p.m. for its final space flight. Any excitement was replaced with disappointment when news spread that the launch had been postponed.
President Obama was wrapping up his visit in Alabama, surveying tornado damage, when NASA tweeted that the launch was scrubbed “because of an issue with Auxiliary Power Unit 1 heaters.”
Watch and remember these last couple of launches well. These may be the last manned N.A.S.A. missions that you will see for some time to come, if ever if we don't fix our budget. I recall when the last Saturn V lifted off. The US space program was big question mark.
Yeah, we began launching shuttles about a decade later, but it wasn't the cutting edge of exploration. Shuttles are strictly low earth orbit. The Vietnam War probably wrote the book on Apollo, just as the current Mid-East wars will write the final chapter on the Shuttles. Granted, the shuttles are old. But, don't forget that Obama was forced to cancel the next mission to the moon planned for the 2020s.
Yeah, remember these last shuttle launches well, people.
There are few things I disagree with our President on. One of them is ending the Space Program. NASA and the people that serve it have inspired billions of people across the world. This is a sad day for America and the world.
@Patrick, he did not shelve the shuttle program. George Bush cut the funding for NASA. President Obama extended funding until 2020. Ask John Glen. I actually did not know that myself. It was on the news this afternoon.
Shhh...you stop it with all those facts Global Zero...everyone knows Obama is at fault for everything bad and that he cancelled all space exploration because he didn't want them to find out his birth certificate is really being kept in storage by the Transfalmadorians in their secret moon base.